Orange Joins Swisscom, KPN, Bouygues Telecom & Others to Drive LORaWAN IoT Network

21 May 2016
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Orange Joins Swisscom, KPN, Bouygues Telecom & Others to Drive LORaWAN IoT Network Image Credit: LoRa Alliance

Orange is joining the LoRa alliance that advocates LoRaWAN network, a global, carrier-grade low power wide area network (LPWAN) that provides long-range, low-power connectivity between sensors and base stations. Orange will be joining other Alliance Board members including IBM, Cisco, Bouygues Telecom, KPN, Proximus, DU Emirates Integrated Telecom and Swisscom.

LoRaWAN  networks have distinctive properties that make them well suited to be cost effectively deployed for a wide range of IoT and M2M applications including metering, supply chain management, maintenance/supervision, agriculture and precision farming, intelligent building, identification/geolocation and smart city services.

In September last year, Orange announced that it would build an IoT network across France to provide a foundation for a range of “smart city” applications. After a successful test of the LoRaWAN protocol in Grenoble, France with more than 50 partner companies, Orange selected the networking technology as the basis for this network rollout. 

To date, Orange is the largest operator adopter of the LoRaWAN standard. The network will allow cities and companies to develop smart city applications and to run them on the Orange network thus avoiding having to build out their own infrastructure.

Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Senior Executive Vice President for Innovation, Marketing and Technologies at Orange
The development of the Internet of Things is expected to surge in the coming years. As a part of our new Essentials2020 strategic plan and the announcement of our France-wide LoRaWAN network, we have decided to take an active role in driving the success of the LoRa® Alliance.

Geoff Mulligan, Chairman of the Alliance
Having Orange join the Alliance is a testament to the strong global ecosystem, with over 300 member companies, the Alliance has built in just the past year. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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