China Telecom and Orange to extend partnership into IoT services

Natalie Bannerman
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China Telecom and Orange Business Services plan to work together on extending their IoT services through shared networks.

China Telecom and Orange Business Services are to extend their business partnership into the IoT space. The announcement was made at the “E-surfing on the Silk Road, IoT with the world” launch event in Shanghai.

The new endeavour will allow the two companies to serve their respective enterprise customers through a combined footprint across Asia, Europe and Africa. In short, customers of both China Telecom and Orange will now be able to deploy IoT and machine-to-machine services across each other’s networks.

“Orange Business Services is always striving for innovative solutions to respond to the global needs of its customers. We are looking forward to creating together with China Telecom true business benefits around the global IoT projects of our respective customers. With this extended footprint in Asia, we further strengthen our IoT and data analytics offering, Datavenue, with enhanced global connectivity capabilities,” said Karsten Selle, vice president of finance and administration at Orange Mobile Enterprise.

China Telecom's customers with outbound IoT services will be able to offer their services on the Orange networks in Europe and Africa, while Orange's global enterprise customers can access the growing Chinese market through China Telecom’s IoT network resources and business capabilities. 

The cooperation proposes a global solution to meet local IoT connectivity requirements, using eUICC capabilities and the Device Connectivity Platform of Ericsson for a consistent customer experience.

The scope of the new deal covers both commercial and technical aspects of the new IoT services. Under the agreement, both parties will work jointly on enhancing existing IoT capabilities as well as the application of new technologies such as mobile IoT, also Orange will become one of China Telecom’s preferred partners for connectivity in Europe and Africa, and China Telecom’s is the same for Orange regarding connectivity In China.

“China is one of the fastest growing markets for IoT applications. China Telecom is working closely with Orange to push for the building of an innovative and advanced IoT solution to capture global IoT opportunities. China Telecom together with Orange will address the increasing IoT demand, and we are excited to support our enterprise customers with the IoT Open Platform, leveraging each other’s strengths and capabilities. We are able to expand business into other regions with an open, cooperative, mutually beneficial and win-win business collaboration. The fruits of global IoT development can benefit companies from each country,” added Deng Xiao Feng, managing director of the global business department at China Telecom.