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Driving Innovation
through IoT

Our network is based on the Sigfox standard, which enables a multitude of low-cost, low-power devices to monitor or respond to events in the environment and to exchange data with each other and with operators and users – all to make life easier, safer, more convenient and more streamlined.

About SqwidNet

SqwidNet launched in November 2016 as the licensed Sigfox operator in South Africa. The SqwidNet network offers low-cost access to IoT solutions and operators in South Africa, creating opportunities for businesses small and large to create innovative solutions. SqwidNet is a wholly owned subsidiary of DFA, the premier open-access fibre connectivity provider.

The SqwidNet network will give nationwide coverage for the Internet of Things allowing millions of sensors and devices to send small packets of data, for analysis, immediate action, and record keeping. The network will span the entire country by 2018. This, along with our growing partner network, enables us to provide strategic direction and advice on IoT solutions that solve business challenges.

Become a SqwidNet partner and reap the benefits!

SqwidNet is driving innovation through IoT. We are unleashing the power of the IoT in South Africa and provides partners with access to the global Sigfox IoT network and ecosystem.

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Are you a Developer?

Visit the Sigfox Developer portal for more information on how to:

  • Develop and certify modules, devices or platform.
  • Become a Sigfox qualified Channel Partner
  • Sign-up to Sigfox IoT connectivity service with a Sigfox Channel Partner

Visit the Sigfox Partner Network to browse all the available development kits.


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Why SqwidNet

Long range

Sigfox technology enables devices to communicate with the SqwidNet network from tens of kilometres away.

Low cost

It is up to 10 times cheaper to operate Sigfox-enabled devices on the SqwidNet network than to use cellular technology.

Low power

The battery in a Sigfox-enabled device could potentially last for ten years and more – up to 300 times more efficient than a cellular device.

Reliable and secure

Because the SqwidNet network is based on Sigfox, it has built-in reliability and security features.

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Sigfox, the world’s leading Internet of things (IoT) connectivity service.

With its global LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) network, Sigfox has reinvented connectivity for the IoT. It drastically brings down cost and energy consumption required for securely connecting physical devices to the Cloud.

Latest News

1308, 2018

SqwidNet to drive IoT entrepreneurship

Bringing small businesses’ and entrepreneurs’ ideas to life There is no doubt that entrepreneurial activity in South Africa is growing. According to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s (GEM) report, total early-stage entrepreneurial activity is up 4.1 [...]

208, 2018

SqwidNet IoT University Challenge winners announced

Winners to present their prototype at Sigfox Connect in Berlin SqwidNet has announced the winners of its first IoT SA University Challenge. The challenge was designed to challenge students to develop and create innovative projects focused [...]

1406, 2018

Spearheading local IoT innovation

SqwidNet empowers local entrepreneurs to develop IoT solutions SqwidNet, the licensed Sigfox IoT network operator in South Africa, recently hosted the finale of its first entrepreneurship programme called (IoT)E– IoT to the power of E. The [...]

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IoT Entrepreneurship Program
is a 3 day workshop in which 20 lucky participants will learn more about enabling IoT using Sigfox.

Applications are open to all innovative entrepreneurs who are keen to solve real world problems using IoT.
Submissions can be made by accessing the link below. Successful participants will be notified via email.

Enter your submission