After Bouygues Telecom, Orange dismisses Sigfox for its iOT project
Orange is therefore opting for Lora low-speed network technology, piloted by a consortium founded by Cisco, IBM, or the French company Sagemcom. Orange plans to invest 600 million euros in iOT as part of its Essentials2020 strategic plan.
“The internet of things is shaping up to be a tidal wave in the years to come. It is estimated that there will be more than 25 billion connected objects in the world in 2020. As part of our new Essentials2020 strategic plan, Orange aims to become the benchmark operator for the Internet of Things. To meet all of the needs, we have decided, in addition to cellular networks, to deploy a national network dedicated to objects requiring low speed connectivity and low energy consumption. This network, based on LoRa technology, will be opened gradually from the first quarter of 2016.
Beyond connectivity, Orange is also developing in the distribution of connected objects, in the aggregation and processing of data from these objects and finally, by offering value-added services in the field of health, -being, from the connected home or even from Smart Cities. ” says Stéphane Richard, CEO of Orange.
In Grenoble, Orange has been experimenting since May 2015 with a network using LoRa technology, with more than 30 companies. This pilot, carried out in real conditions, made it possible to test the main uses (collection of information from sensors, control of objects, regular location of objects, etc.).
Orange will therefore have ruled out the Sigfox option, the startup founded by Ludovic Le Moan. The incumbent operator would have preferred Lora technology, unlike Samsung, Air Liquide Eutelsat, or Engie, which decided to invest in the Toulouse startup in addition to adopting its services.