Orange Business Services has accelerated its LTE-M strategy to support the development of Internet of things (IoT) solutions for the enterprise market, the company said.
This follows the announcement by Orange in February 2017 that the Group would be prioritizing LTE-M across its footprint in Europe, and today it announces significant progress.
Orange has launched several LTE-M field trials:
In Spain, Orange has started several tests with strategic customers and device manufacturers in an open ecosystem of participation. The trials cover different sectors and applications, including smart utility, smart cities and facility management.
In Belgium, Orange is preparing the opening of an LTE IoT City in Antwerp, open for customer pilots in Q4 2017.
In France, Orange is planning internal trials on both technical and usage aspects starting in Q4 2017.
All of these trials are being carried out ahead of the LTE-M network launch in 2018.
Orange Business Services, the B2B branch of the Orange Group, and its 21,000 employees, is focused on supporting the digital transformation of multinational enterprises and French SMEs across five continents. Orange Business Services is not only an infrastructure operator, but also a technology integrator and a value-added service provider.