Orange Business Services accelerates LTE-M strategy with enterprise IoT trials

Orange Business Services has launched several field trials across Europe in order to expedite its LTE-M strategy to support the development of IoT solutions for the enterprise market.

In Spain, the communications integrator – the B2B branch of the Orange Group – has started several tests with strategic customers and device manufacturers in an open ecosystem of participation. This covers different sectors and applications, including smart utility, smart cities and facility management.

The provider is gearing up to open an LTE IoT City in Antwerp, Belgium, which will be open for customer pilots in the fourth quarter of 2017, while in France the company is planning internal trials on both technical and usage aspects starting in Q4 2017.

It is interesting to note that all these trials are being conducted earlier than the scheduled launch of the LTE-M network in 2018. The availability of LTE-M is part of the Group’s dedicated programme to back the connected object and module makers. The company is welcoming object makers in its “Open IoT Lab” (compliant with GSMA) located at Orange Gardens.

The first equipment Orange has tested on its LTE-M network includes rugged products from Ercogener, including a u-blox module, designed to be used in asset tracking and Industry 4.0 use cases, a GPS personal tracker, which is designed by Meitrack (based on a Quectel module), with a waterproof casing that is targeted at lone worker applications, and a small GPS tracker developed by Sercomm with a Sequans Communications module for tracking valuable items.

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