Feb 23, 2016

Orange and MediaTek Announce Collaboration to Speed Adoption of Cellular Connectivity for Connected Objects



Collaboration removes end-user subscription barriers and eases professional object makers’ development and operational efforts 

MediaTek and Orange today announced a new collaboration to market IoT tailored offerings embedding ready-to-use cellular connectivity to address the growing industrial demand for connected objects. The agreement will address professional developers and manufacturers of IoT devices including consumer electronics products.

The ‘IoT Booster Programme’ aims to market a family of MediaTek chipsets with an Orange SIM Card or integrated with the Orange SIM Card in partner’s modules. The offering will include the price of connectivity structured for IoT needs. This ready-to-use IoT offer allows professional developers to accelerate deployment of their connected objects onto the cellular network by removing the need to seek out complex arrangements for chipset and connectivity separately. The IoT Booster Programme is suitable for any large scale industrials looking to simplify their connectivity, as well as for start-ups seeking “out of the box” IoT connectivity for their product line. Cellular connectivity of these chipsets are designed for longevity, with up to 5 years included at a fixed price.

This collaboration by MediaTek and Orange aims to help electronic manufacturers easily bring more connected objects to market. The programme is expected to be enriched progressively with value added services such as geo-location, device management, data management and other IoT innovative features.

Connected objects using this new offer will operate seamlessly across the Orange network and all of its roaming partners in more than 200 countries. Professional developers and object makers can now design and produce – at a large scale - low power, miniaturized and cost effective devices able to connect indoor or outdoor without post-sale subscription efforts.

“This initiative removes a major hurdle for wider adoption of everywhere connected objects. Now cellular connected devices can be instantly activated like any other connectivity technology, and used practically on a global scale,” said JC Hsu, MediaTek’s Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the IoT business unit.  “This partnership gives our customers access to the high quality of Orange services, its vast networks and roaming agreements and a ready-made go-to-market path for cellular connected devices”

"We want to accelerate the ecosystem and unleash the potential of IoT to connect a myriad of devices,” said Yves Maitre, Executive VP for Connected Objects and Partnerships, Orange. “Our collaboration with MediaTek will combine our network and connectivity with MediaTek chipset expertise to make it easier for our customers to install cellular connectivity into their product line using an off-the-shelf bundle, all for one fixed price."

 

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