Orange deploying LoRa network in 17 locations; to trial IoT over GSM/LTE

26 Nov 2015

Telecoms operator Orange France has revealed that it is planning to deploy its Internet of Things (IoT) network featuring Long Range (LoRa) technology in 17 urban locations in the first quarter of 2016. The operator will offer the IoT services in Angers, Avignon, Bordeaux, Douai and Lens, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Rennes, Rouen, Toulon, Toulouse and Strasbourg. In parallel, Orange is continuing standardisation work on cellular IoT over GSM and LTE networks, which will be operational in 2017. In cooperation with Ericsson, the operator is planning to trial what was termed as ‘the world-first EC-GSM (extended coverage)’ in France using the 900MHz band, which aims to enhance device reachability by up to 20dB or a seven-fold improvement in the range of low-rate applications; the IoT LTE trial will be undertaken in partnership with Sequans.

France, Ericsson, Orange France, Sequans Communications