Semtech Corporation, a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced that the open LoRaWAN™ networking protocol, used in low power, wide area networks (LPWANs) for Internetof Things (IoT) applications, took another step toward becoming a worldwide standard when Orange S.A., one of the largest mobile network operators in Europe, officially joined the board of the 300+ member LoRa™ Alliance.
In September 2015, Orange announced it would build a LPWAN network based on the LoRaWAN protocol to provide a foundation for a range of smart city IoT applications. Before making this decision, Orange tested the LoRaWAN protocol in Grenoble,France, with Semtech and more than 50 partner companies to ensure the network would provide the type of connectivity needed by customers to develop their own smart city applications and run them on the Orange network without having to build their own expensive infrastructure.
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Orange is now joining Semtech and other Alliance board members, including IBM, Cisco, Bouygues Telecom, Actility, Augtek, Homerider, Kerlink, KPN, Proximus and Sagemcom, and Alliance members Schneider, Bosch, Murata, DU Emirates Integrated Telecom, Swisscom, Tata Telecommunications, Telkomsel and others to drive the global success of the LoRaWAN protocol, a global, carrier-grade LPWAN that provides long-range, low-power connectivity between sensors and base stations. The LoRaWAN protocol enables IoT innovation through an openly available specification, certified secure interoperability, open business models and a strong global ecosystem.