With the launch of LTE-M and NB-IoT, Orange Belgium is the first to launch in Belgium Mobile Internet of Things, reaching nationwide coverage.
The NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies are Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular network layers that will allow millions of everyday objects to be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). LPWA technologies deployed by Orange Belgium offer many advantages when connecting objects to the Internet of Things:
Next to the technological advantages choosing Orange IoT means you will have access to an open standard, an established ecosystem of manufacturers and the leverage of existing cellular networks:
And last but not least, Celular IoT (NB-IoT/LTE-M) is the safest solution for IoT connectivity as it operates in licensed spectrum. Moreover, the SIM card offers secure connections thanks to LTE networks’ unique capabilities in terms of authenticating and encrypting the data in transit.
For IoT applications energy is key. Two mechanisms have been put in place in NB-IoT and LTE-M to increase battery life : PSM and eDRX.
LTE-M is closer to LTE than NB-IoT in terms of characteristics
|Authentication using SIM and , later widespread use of eSIM (embedded SIM) (eUICC)||x||x|
|Low latency in normal coverage mode, ranging from a few hundred milliseconds in normal mode to a few dozen seconds in extension mode||x|
|Support for mobility between cells in idle and connected mode and, as for LTE, support for high-speed mobility (300 km/h)||x|
|Connection via IP mode||x||x|
|Support for VoLTE – Voice over IP||x|
|Support for SMS mode||x|
Operators are deploying world-wide NB-IoT and LTE-M on their networks. A view on the current status of this deployment is kept up to date by the GSMA , global system mobile association, and can be found here. As soon as a NB-IoT or LTE-M network has been opened by an operator, Orange Belgium initiates contacts to see if roaming agreements can be set-up between the different operators.
Current Roaming status:
|Country||Operator||LTE-M Roaming||NB-IoT Roaming|
|The Netherlands||KPN||Yes||Not Applicable|
|USA (on request)||AT&T||Yes||Not Applicable|
|Australia (on request)||Telstra||Yes||Not Applicable|
|South Korea (on request)||KTF||Yes||Not Applicable|
In order to maintain its 15+years leadership in IoT, Orange Belgium leverages on the benefits of recognised expertise and the best suited tools to materialise your project: as from prototyping over implementation to launch, even internationally. In addition, a team of experts is at your service 24/7. All to ensure that your critical applications stay online and operational in all circumstances.
Orange IoT acts as the catalyst for companies and business innovators to establish connections that would not have been viable with existing technologies. Orange can serve any Internet of Things application in a single network. This will result in consumers seeing a huge variety of new products, services and applications enabled by IoT.
Orange IoT offers you customised solutions and total control over your SIM card fleet.