French network startup Sigfox sells access to its network for as little as $1 a month. The network works with devices such as car theft detectors, smart parking monitors and medical equipment.
A fifth country will be able to use the French company's technology for linking thermometers, medical sensors and other devices to the Net in 2016. Also: Samsung is interested.
Messages just 12 bytes long seem absurdly short for networking. But they're the foundation for this French company's growing network business.
Traditional carriers hope to profit from the push to connect all manner of electronic devices to the Net, but a French startup just took a little wind from their sails.
To connect everything from roaming pets to rural fire alarms to the network, startup Sigfox thinks its low-cost narrowband network technology will be key.