Orange is ahead of its deployment goal for rolling out a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) LoRa low power wide area network (LPWAN) in France. The network is in place in 18 urban areas encompassing some 1,300 towns – ahead of its schedule for the first half of 2016.
Orange is continuing to roll out the network to support the projects of its enterprise and municipality customers and partners. By the end of January 2017, the Orange LoRa network will exist in 120 urban areas – approximately 2,600 towns – offering connectivity both indoors and outdoors.
The operator said this week that it expects to earn €600 million in revenues from IoT by 2018 under its Essentials2020 strategic plan. Unlike some of its peers elsewhere, Orange has taken the plunge and is implementing a LoRa network based on proprietary technology, alongside its cellular network.
In contrast Vodafone has said it will not use any of the proprietary LPWAN technologies such as LoRa, Ingenu and Sigfox, which use unlicensed spectrum. Instead, it will only deploy the 3GPP-based LPWAN standards such as NB-IoT, which it can deploy using its existing spectrum holdings and infrastructure which can be adapted to it with a software upgrade.
Orange said that the density of the network combined with the LoRa connectivity services offered by Orange Business Services now enables the operator to support its customers’ projects based on objects or sensors with low power consumption.
Orange is also adapting its 2G and 4G cellular networks for the Internet of Things with more than 10 million objects in its fleet. It now offers services to its enterprise customers ranging from the collection of data from objects and sensors to their processing and delivery through its Datavenue line of services.