Dubbed the 'IoT Booster Programme' the cunning plan is 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.
JC Hsu, MediaTek's Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the IoT business unit said that the deal 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.
"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"
Yves Maitre, Executive VP for Connected Objects and Partnerships, Orange said:
"We want to accelerate the ecosystem and unleash the potential of IoT to connect a myriad of devices," said. "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."