Napster co-founder’s internet of things network expands to Europe

20/06/2020 - 08:02

One of the co-founders of the music-streaming website Napster is launching a long-range Wi-Fi network for internet of things-based services in Europe, in an attempt to break the stranglehold of the traditional telecoms sector.

Helium, the Silicon Valley-based company behind the new network, was set up by Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning and former British professional video gamer Amir Haleem in 2013, but only launched its low-power network in Austin, Texas in August last year. It has since expanded to 1,000 cities in North America and launches in Europe this week.