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Helium Named CRN’s Top Internet of Things 50

Helium Recognized for Innovative Contributions to the Internet of Things


San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2020 – Helium, the company behind the world’s first peer-to-peer wireless network announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Helium to its 2020 Internet of Things (IoT) 50 list.  Helium has been recognized as one of the top 10 Coolest IoT Connectivity Companies. This annual list acknowledges IT vendors on the cutting edge of technology that are pushing the limits of what is possible through innovative IoT offerings. These organizations use their expertise to elevate business in exciting ways, by utilizing IoT to increase and improve productivity and growth on every level.

A hardware device that enables anyone to own and operate a wireless network for IoT, the Helium Hotspot originated from a dire need: affordable network connectivity. With Helium’s own open-source blockchain technology, individuals are incentivized to deploy Helium Hotspots, which simultaneously mine cryptocurrency and provide LoRaWAN wireless network coverage for hundreds of square miles.

“We’re honored to have been recognized by CRN as one of the top 10 coolest IoT connectivity companies, it’s rewarding to have been recognized by CRN for the last three years in a row. Our open-source blockchain technology has given people the power to own and operate the fastest growing IoT wireless network in North America,” said Amir Haleem, CEO and Co-Founder of Helium. “As our world continues to innovate, it’s vital to have an affordable network to fuel our connected world and new applications that would otherwise be impossible.”

With only 50-100 Hotspots needed to provide coverage to an entire city, the Helium Hotspot gives both enterprises and consumers a way to connect their IoT devices at a fraction of the cost of cellular. Before the Helium Hotspot, everything from pet collars to sensors that monitor air and water quality was dependent upon the wireless networks owned by large telecom companies. Since shipping Helium Hotspots in October 2019, Helium and the People’s Network now live in 745+ cities across North America. 

“The 2020 CRN IoT 50 list is comprised of top-tier businesses contributing ground-breaking solutions that link an array of objects and devices with advanced infrastructures, capabilities, and data analytics to nurture a new way of connecting,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “CRN is delighted to recognize these vendors for their dedication to the future of technology and their constant hard work in cultivating innovation through state-of-the-art hardware, software, and security options.”  

About Helium
Co-founded by Shawn Fanning and Amir Haleem in 2013, Helium is building the world’s first peer-to-peer wireless network to simplify connecting devices to the internet by rewarding anyone to become a network operator. CEO Amir Haleem comes from an extensive background in triple-A video games. Helium is backed by GV (formerly Google Ventures), Khosla Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Multicoin Capital, FirstMark, Marc Benioff, Shawn Fanning, and other top VCs. The network is live in more than 745 cities throughout the nation and counting. More information can be found at

About The Channel Company 
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.  

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