What to remember from the 2013 Orange Hello Show

by bold-lichterman

Initiated last year, Hello is the annual meeting of the Orange group, an opportunity to present the latest innovations and future projects. This second edition was held at the Mutualité in Paris. (Watch the show below). The mobile was this morning the major development axis of the telecom operator.

From the outset, Stéphane Richard broached the subject of 4G, and recalled that a year after the opening of the network, Orange would cover 50% of the population on 4G at the end of 2013, for speeds of up to 150 mbps, emphasizing the quality of the Orange network. Very user experience oriented, the mobile network mapping application which identifies the best 4G and Wifi points, will be enriched with a new tool which measures in real time the best available network, and will allow depending on the user profile to use the most suitable network without having to do it himself.

Stéphane Richard has repeatedly insisted on the issue of data and is committed to ensuring the security of the data entrusted, to leave the choice to his customers on their use, and to play on transparency.

In terms of content, while Orange has so far played the cinema card, Stéphane Richard has insisted on his offer sport which allows access to all league 1 matches, and detailed information. Too bad he did not detail these aspects in particular through the content offered by Dailymotion or Deezer.

The block, at the service of your smartphones and tablets

On the material level, no major announcement on the mobile side, apart from the LG G Flex, a curved screen smartphone which will be available in February 2014. It is especially the Block which will have caught the attention of the audience, a new multimedia element for smartphones and tablets equipped with a very good quality micro-projector and speakers developed with Cabasse. Connected via Wi-Fi to the Livebox, the Block allows you to watch TV and personal videos in any room of the house. It communicates with tablets and smartphones to broadcast all content via Bluetooth and direct Wi-Fi, even in the absence of Internet access. The block will also be available in February 2014.

Orange wants to become a key player in secure payment methods

While electronic payment offers are multiplying, notably with Paylib, Orange intends to play a major role in the field, by capitalizing on its experience in Africa. Orange Money has 8 million users in 14 African countries, with growth of more than 50% in 1 year. Orange has been offering for several months Orange Money payment card with Visa in Botswana. Stéphane Richard insists on the fact that the SIM card is as secure as the chip on the bank card.

So Orange is launching Orange Cash with Visa, a 100% mobile prepaid account. Using an application on your smartphone, which will store your bank card number, you can pay for your purchases using NFC. 40% of the mobiles sold by Orange are already NFC compatible. The service will be open this month in Caen and Strasbourg then in the 2nd quarter of 2014 throughout France.

Services for healthcare professionals

To make life easier for doctors, Orange has developed a mobile identity management and authentication system. A world first that allows healthcare professionals, thanks to their SIM card and their professional card, to confidentially access their patient’s medical file wherever they are and from any screen in the same conditions as from his office. This system is currently in the pilot phase with the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital and could then be generalized throughout France.

Stéphane Richard also gave an in-depth update on the ecosystem he wanted to develop as well as the Orange Fab project.

The Hello Show in replay: