Orange has announced the commercial launch of its Long Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M) network in France, the company said.
The launch in France follows the opening of Orange´s first LTE-M network in Belgium in May 2018. Orange will launch further LTE-M networks in Spain and Romania by the end of 2018. The launches mark Orange´s progress in serving the connected object market and underline its commitment to deploy LTE-M and LoRaÂ® as its IoT technologies across its European footprint.
The combination of LTE-M and LoRaÂ® technologies will enable Orange to fully support the explosion in the IoT market and address the broad range of use-cases. Orange will select the appropriate technology on a country by country basis. LTE-M, which is a technology specifically dedicated to connected objects and deployed on Orange´s 4G networks will address objects that are on the move, in buildings or underground places.
Complementary to this is LoRaÂ®, a technology solution that addresses very low battery power consumption use-cases with (inexpensive) modules and with a large and growing ecosystem from sensors to applications. Orange has been a long-standing proponent of LoRaÂ® technology deploying a national network in France which some 250 corporate customers already using it.
Orange is one of the world´s telecommunications operators with sales of 41 billion euros in 2017 and 150,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2018, including 92,000 employees in France. The Group has a total customer base of 261 million customers worldwide at 30 September 2018, including 201 million mobile customers and 20 million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 28 countries.