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

Feb 22, 2016, 08:00 ET from MediaTek Inc.

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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."

About Orange
Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with sales of 40 billion euros in 2015 and 156,000 employees worldwide at 31 December 2015, including 97,000 employees in France. Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 263 million customers worldwide at 31 December 2015, including 201 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan "Essentials2020" which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN). For more information on the internet and on your mobile: www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com, www.livetv.orange.com or to follow us on Twitter: @orangegrouppr.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

About MediaTek
Since 1997, MediaTek has been a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, wireless networking, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. Our tightly-integrated, innovative chip designs help manufacturers optimize supply chains, reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge in crowded markets. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is also building a developer hub that will support device creation, application development, and services for the Internet of Things era. By building technologies that help connect individuals to the world around them, MediaTek is enabling people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals. We believe anyone can achieve something amazing. And we believe they can do it every single day. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visit mediatek.com for more information.

MediaTek Labs was launched in September 2014 and continues to provide developers, makers and service providers with SDKs, HDKs and documentation, as well as technical and business support. To learn more about MediaTek Labs, visit http://labs.mediatek.com/.

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