Orange to install Low Power Wide Area network for IoT in France

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Orange is the latest telco to target the Internet of Things (IoT) after announcing plans to install a new Low Power Wide Area network, running on long range technology, across metropolitan France.

Orange is looking to bring in 600 million euros  in revenue by 2018 from the Internet of Things (IoT) in line with its Essentials 2020 strategy. The development will foster connectivity among sensors in smart cities and will be initiated in the first quarter of 2016 progressively across France.

Orange Chief Executive Officer, Stéphane Richard, said, “By 2020, we believe that there will be more than 25 billion objects connected in the world. Beyond connectivity, Orange is also involved in the distribution of connected objects, in the aggregation and data processing stemming from these objects as well as proposing value-added services in the field of health and well-being, the connected home and smart cities.”

In order to cater to meet the requirements of varying objects and technology, Orange is planning to invest in a line of solutions to build its IoT capability. Connection requirements for objects hinge upon speeds, criticality and frequency of the information communicated. The company will also provide its mass market and business customers with services and platforms that are compatible and interoperable with these varying networks.

Orange has been trialling a network based on LoRa technology in Grenoble, in collaboration with over 30 businesses. The experimentation was utilized to test the main use of the networks that include frequent location of objects, controlling objects and collection of information from sensors among other uses. The company has also gained feedback in order to boost service quality.

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