Orange launches commercial LTE-M network in France
The French carrier expects to launch LTE-M in Spain and Romania by end-2019
Orange said that it 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. It is therefore suitable for logistical monitoring, telemonitoring, remote assistance and fleet management. Furthermore, LTE-M technology benefits from all the features of 4G including security, real-time connectivity and international roaming, thanks to broad support of the technology from other operators worldwide and already integrates with future 5G standards,” the carrier said in a statement.
“Complementary to this is LoRa, 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 LoRa technology deploying a national network in France which some 250 corporate customers already using it.”
Following the launch of its first LTE-M network in Belgium, Orange has been undertaking extensive trials of LTE-M in several other European markets throughout 2018 allowing customers, partners and device manufacturers to test and develop different use-cases in different sectors such as utilities electricity, gas and water, industry and logistics. Orange also said that it has ongoing LTE-M trials in other European markets.
Orange Business Services,will now begin offering LTE-M technology to all companies in metropolitan France that have subscribed to its 4G IoT offer.