Thinxtra in a Podcast About Aussie Innovators in Hong Kong

Ep.14: Connecting the unconnected with Thinxtra

Released27 February 2018

Sam talks to Murray Hankinson, MD Thinxtra Hong Kong, about IoT and the opportunities for narrow band, small message connectivity as a driving force behind Smart City infrastructure.

Utilising Sigfox technology Thinxtra are connecting country and territory wide networks in Australia, New Zealand and here in Hong Kong.  Murray Hankinson, talks us through the opportunities for Australian IoT capability in assisting Hong Kong obtain its Smart City ambitions.

For more information, listen to the Episode 14 of this podcast here

Thinxtra becomes Hong Kong’s First Public Wireless IoT Licensed Operator

13th December 2017, Hong Kong – Thinxtra has become the first public operator to receive a Wireless Internet of Things (IoT) License in Hong Kong, paving the way for the city to grow into a showcase of smart city solutions and a hub for IoT research and development.

2017年12月13日,香港 – Thinxtra已成為首家在香港獲得無線物聯網(IoT)許可的公共運營商,為該城市成長為一個智慧城市解決方案的展示案例以及物聯網研究發展的中心鋪平了道路。

IoT is a foundational infrastructure for any smart city. By introducing a licensing regime for wireless low-power wide-area (LPWA) IoT networks, Hong Kong’s Communications Authority is anticipating a future where IoT connects everything from wearable health devices and household appliances to industrial machinery and urban infrastructure.


“We welcome the new licensing regime to help Hong Kong prepare for a massive implementation of IoT devices that will enhance the city’s economic competitiveness and quality of life. As the first truly public license holder, Thinxtra is committed to investing in a territory wide Hong Kong network for the long-term to enable the cost-effective IoT connectivity on which the future smart city will be built,” said Murray Hankinson, Managing Director of Thinxtra Asia.

“我們歡迎新的發牌制度,協助香港為大量實施物聯網設備做好準備,以提升城市的經濟競爭力和居民的生活質量。作為第一個真正的公共許可證持有者,Thinxtra致力於長期投資於全港的Sigfox網絡建設,以實現經濟高效的物聯網連接,並為未來的智慧城市建設大蝦堅實基礎。”來自Thinxtra亞洲的常務董事Murray Hankinson如是道。

The exclusive Hong Kong network operator of Sigfox, the world’s most mature and connected LPWA network, Thinxtra is building the only truly fit-for-purpose and territory-wide IoT-enabling network in Hong Kong. Secure and open, the Thinxtra LPWA network is available to all and provides cost-effective, long-range, low-power connectivity as a service to enable businesses, research institutions and government organizations to capitalize on the rise of IoT. Devices on the Thinxtra network can be connected for as little as HK$20/year, with a battery life of up to 10 years.

Sigfox是全球最成熟且連接性最強的LPWA網絡,Thinxtra作為Sigfox在香港的獨家網絡運營商,正在香港打造唯一一個真正切實適用的、全港範圍的物聯網網絡。Thinxtra LPWA網絡是面向所有用戶的安全、開放的物聯網絡,提供經濟高效、遠距離、低功耗的連接服務,以助力企業、研究機構和政府組織順應並利用物聯網之潮。此外,Thinxtra網絡連接的年度費用低至20港幣,而連接至此網絡的設備的電池壽命卻長達10年。

“With Thinxtra’s Sigfox network connecting things and platforms as the ‘missing link’ for the delivery of IoT solutions, an IoT ecosystem can now develop in Hong Kong to create and deliver devices and solutions for customers here and around the world,” Hankinson continued. “We have focused on nurturing local start-ups and other partners since we launched here last year to stimulate innovation and further Hong Kong’s growth as a leading smart city.”


Sigfox is the first global network fully dedicated to connected objects. With base stations and antennas installed at key locations around the city, Thinxtra’s Sigfox LPWA network already covers more than 30% of the Hong Kong population.  Thinxtra expects to have deployed a total of 100 base stations throughout the territory by June 2018, providing fully redundant coverage to 95% of the population.

Sigfox是第一個完全致力於連接對象的全球網絡。截至此時,Thinxtra在香港主要地點所搭建的基站和天線,使Sigfox LPWA網絡的覆蓋率已超過30%。Thinxtra預計在2018年6月之前在全港范圍內部署100個基站,為95%的居民提供完全物聯網覆蓋。

The Hong Kong network will link with Thinxtra networks and IoT ecosystems in Australia and New Zealand, as well as other Sigfox networks and IoT ecosystems in 36 countries around the world. Thinxtra continues to extend its network footprint and expects to cover 95% of the population in its three markets by early 2018, providing links to an ecosystem of hundreds of local IoT partners.


About Thinxtra  關於Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things (IoT) in Asia Pacific by deploying the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as building a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services to enable the non-connected to connect, to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service and quality of life, and find more economical solutions to common problems.
Visit and follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.

通過部署世界領先的Sigfox LPWA網絡以及構建完整的物聯網解決方案和服務生態系統,Thinxtra正在助推亞太地區的物聯網(IoT)發展,連接一切尚未連接的,以促進生產力發展、加速決策進程、提高服務和生活質量,並為常見問題探尋更經濟有效的解決方案。
訪問library.web.thinxtra.com並在Twitter @Thinxtra上關注我們。

Media Contacts:
Thinxtra: Renald Gallis +61 404 894 960
FleishmanHillard Hong Kong: Pam Leung +852 2586 7856

In the press

Mobile World Live

Thinxtra X launch Hong Kong – 1/11/2017

At today’s X launch, Thinxtra showcased the start of its LPWA IoT Network in Hong Kong

1 November 2017, Hong Kong – Sigfox’s exclusive Hong Kong network operator Thinxtra launched officially today to support the growth of an Internet of Things (IoT) research and development ecosystem for Hong Kong, providing cost-effective IoT connectivity via the Sigfox territory-wide low-power wide-area (LPWA)* network.
2017年11月1日,香港 – 作為Sigfox在香港的獨家網絡運營商,Thinxtra今日正式登陸,以支持香港物聯網(IoT)研發生態系統,並通過Sigfox全港低功耗廣域物(LPWA)網絡提供經濟有效的物聯網連接。

Already a game changer in diverse sectors worldwide, IoT holds particular promise for Hong Kong, which has the potential to be a global hub for IoT and a showcase of IoT-enabled smart city solutions. To help Hong Kong realise this potential, Thinxtra is deploying base stations and antennas at key locations around the territory.

A total of 100 base stations are expected to be installed throughout Hong Kong by March 2018 to provide the long-range, low-bandwidth, low-power connectivity that businesses, research institutions and government organizations need to capitalize on the rise of IoT. The territory’s first Sigfox base stations and antennas were installed at Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) in mid-August to create an open IoT network for tenant companies engaged in IoT research and development.
預計在2018年3月, Thinxtra將在全港內安裝100餘個基站,以為提供企業、研究機構和政府組織提供遠距離、地貸款、低功耗的網絡連接,使之順應並有效利用物聯網之潮。香港首個Sigfox基站及天線已於八月中旬在香港科技園(HKSTP)安裝,為從事物聯網研發的公司創建一個開放的物聯網網絡。

“With strong government support for the growth of the IoT and smart city industries, Hong Kong has the potential to be a leader in the global IoT revolution. A thriving innovation and incubation environment and a cost-effective LPWA network are essential to making this vision a reality,” said Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra.
“依托於政府對物聯網和智慧城市產業發展的大力支持,香港有望成為全球物聯網革命的領導者。在實現這一願景的進程中,蓬勃發展的創新與孵化環境,以及經濟有效的LPWA網絡都起到了至關重要的作用。”Thinxtra首席執行官Loic Barancourt如是道。

While rolling out its LPWA network in Hong Kong, Thinxtra has also begun nurturing local start-ups and other partners to create a strong local IoT ecosystem. As part of this effort, it is working closely with HKSTP on research and development as well as the design of devices, sensors and solutions.

“Organizations in Hong Kong can benefit from Thinxtra’s expertise and infrastructure as they develop and deploy new IoT solutions on the Sigfox technology. Making a wide range of new applications more viable, this will help stimulate innovation, enhance business competitiveness and further Hong Kong’s growth as a leading smart city,” said Murray Hankinson, Managing Director of Thinxtra Asia.
“Thinxtra致力於開發和部署新的基於Sigfox技術的物聯網解決方案,同時,Thinxtra的專業知識和基礎建設也能幫助香港的機構更好地發展。各種行而有效的新應用的日益完善,將有助於促進創新、提高企業競爭力,並進一步推動香港成為一個領先的智慧城市。”Thinxtra亞洲區總經理Murray Hankinson表示。

Sigfox is the world’s most mature LPWA network and the first global cellular network fully dedicated to connected objects. As the exclusive Sigfox operator in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, Thinxtra already has a live LPWA network covering much of the population of Australia and New Zealand, along with an ecosystem of more than 200 local IoT partners. The Hong Kong network will link with this infrastructure, as well as other Sigfox networks and IoT ecosystems in 36 countries around the world.

“We are at the very beginning of the IoT revolution, with real-world projects providing real value to businesses and communities. Thinxtra and Sigfox are laying the groundwork for this revolution in Asia Pacific, with Hong Kong as a core market for growth,” said Roswell Wolff, President for Asia-Pacific at Sigfox.
“我們正處於物聯網革命的起始階段,實際項目為企業和社區提供著切實的價值。在這一進程中,香港是物聯網發展的核心城市,Thinxtra和Sigfox則為亞太地區此奠定了堅實基礎。”Sigfox亞太區總裁Roswell Wolff表示。

The X launch, as this event was called, is the first private event organised by Thinxtra Hong Kong for all our local partners (device makers, platform suppliers, consultants, manufacturers, designers, IoT enablers and evangelists) who want to make the Internet of Things a reality in Hong Kong, to benefit Hong Kong first and showcase local solutions for the global Sigfox market.

This event is an opportunity for all partners to collaborate in order to build and promote IoT solutions to connect the un-connected, to connect anything that will bring meaningful data for a better world.

In the press:
Computer World HK / Let’startup HK / IOT Business News / Asia / Business Insider / Tech Apple / Shares investment / etnet HK / Tech Now HK / HK IT / Content party / Pacific News Taiwan / Chinese World Net / PR newswire Asia  / PR newswire asia TRA / Yahoo Money Taiwan / iGuang Taiwan / Cool3c HK / ezone.uLifestyle HK / HK Silicon / Yahoo News HK / Hi Net China / Travel News TaiwanUnwire Pro / PC Market HKIoT Business News