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LoRa May Not Be for Long Haul at Orange

LoRa May Not Be for Long Haul at Orange | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

On the face of it, Orange has made a pretty strong commitment to LoRa, one of a crop of low-power, wide-area (or LPWA) network technologies designed to support more rudimentary Internet of Things (IoT) services. 

In November, the French incumbent revealed it was building a LoRa network in 17 of France's biggest cities and would gradually roll out the network on a nationwide basis thereafter. A few months earlier, its venture capital arm, Orange Digital Ventures, stumped up $3 million of the $25 million in funding then raised by Actility, a French company developing OSS and BSS functionality for LoRa deployments. (See Telcos Invest in IoT Tech Startup.)

Yet Orange (NYSE: FTE) has acknowledged that LoRa is far from ideal. As an "open" technology, it holds strong attractions for the service provider over Sigfox, another LPWA technology that is fully proprietary. But this openness combined with LPWA's reliance on unlicensed spectrum is also problematic, admits Luc Bretones, the executive vice president of Orange's Technocentre-named product and design facilities.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

May LoRa be as transitional as it looks promising ? Orange's indoor push through combining LoRa lamps with employee crowd-deployment is interesting nonetheless, as is its ambition to cover France by the end of 2016.

But with Intel reportedly readying a line of LTE-narrowband chips in the "couple of bucks" price range we could see the IoT landscape continue to evolve fast as Telcos will try to regain control.

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Emmanuel HAVET's curator insight, March 18, 2016 6:16 AM

May LoRa be as transitional as it looks promising ? Orange's indoor push through combining LoRa lamps with employee crowd-deployment is interesting nonetheless, as is its ambition to cover France by the end of 2016.

But with Intel reportedly readying a line of LTE-narrowband chips in the "couple of bucks" price range we could see the IoT landscape continue to evolve fast as Telcos will try to regain control.

michel verstrepen's curator insight, March 18, 2016 8:53 AM

May LoRa be as transitional as it looks promising ? Orange's indoor push through combining LoRa lamps with employee crowd-deployment is interesting nonetheless, as is its ambition to cover France by the end of 2016.

But with Intel reportedly readying a line of LTE-narrowband chips in the "couple of bucks" price range we could see the IoT landscape continue to evolve fast as Telcos will try to regain control.

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Cloud open doors for telecoms

Cloud open doors for telecoms | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"In addition to connections, for carriers, jumping into cloud computing offerings can be a way to make additional revenue with services. “Many have stepped up to provide end-to-end cloud solutions,” DeCarlo pointed out. “Telecom companies have more than just the network; most also have significant data center infrastructures and deep expertise in virtualization. They can leverage this to create complete end-to-end cloud solutions, particularly in areas like IaaS.”

 

Indeed, there are opportunities available for carriers that decide to include cloud in their portfolio. DeCarlo highlighted that cloud services could give carriers more than just a source of replacement revenue for services whose margins are declining rapidly. “On-demand service can introduce a whole new set of prospects to the carrier’s services and open up new market growth sectors to the provider,” she said."

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and this time, we're not talking backdoors (see Barracuda's SSHGate)

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Over 40 Terabits/s across more than 1800 kilometers : Verizon, NEC claim fiber speed records

Verizon and NEC said they have successfully sent the highest-capacity transmissions for regional and long-haul distances over field fiber.

 The two companies said tests showed that by expanding from one band to two bands, the C-band and the L-band, the two firms were able to transmit 40.5 terabits per second for a long-haul distance of more than 1,800 kilometers (1,118 miles) and 54.2 Tb/s over a regional distance of more than 630 kilometers (391 miles), using Verizon’s fiber loop outside Dallas. The achievement was accomplished by tightly packing optical channels in the two bands of the optical fiber spectrum, the two firms added.
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How would you call Very Hight BroadBand ? VHBB ? TTHD (Très Très Haut Débit in French) ?

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