Orange and Ericsson tackle M2M market

19 September 2013 |


Orange Business Services and Ericsson have today announced a strategic partnership designed to better serve the growing M2M market.

Orange selected Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform delivered as a service, to enhance the operator’s existing M2M portfolio and support international customers.

Ericsson’s solution is expected to allow customers of Orange Business Services to deploy, scale and operate millions of M2M connections.

“Orange Business Services has been investing in the ‘internet of things’ for many years with the ambition to be a key player in the global M2M market,” said Thierry Bonhomme, CEO at Orange Business Services.

“This agreement with Ericsson is another step in our global approach to M2M offers and in building an ecosystem of selected partners to the benefit of our customers."

Customers are expected to benefit from a seamless and high-quality customer experience, with access to a self-service functionality for operation management at anytime, from anywhere.

Johan Wibergh, EVP and head of BU networks at Ericsson, said he was happy to work with Orange with a view to creating a networked society, as well as tap into the potential of 50 billion connected devices over the next few years.

Steve Hilton, principal analyst at Analysys Mason said: "As operators remove barriers to deploying global solutions, it becomes more affordable for large enterprises and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to invest in connected devices. We expect this will lead to a new industry tipping point."

The agreement marks a step forward in Orange’s strategy, with the Global M2M Association (GMA), to drive M2M market leadership.

Three Wholesale and Vodafone have also been making significant progress with M2M this year.