Belgium has been an outlier among Orange's wider IoT strategy. In October, the France-based operator was parking plans to rollout NB-IoT on a widespread basis, choosing instead to focus on LoRa and LTE-M technology.
The operator said LTE-M and NB-IoT benefit from over the air firmware updates, offer greater signal penetration into buildings and can roam onto other IoT networks.
Gabriel Flichy, Chief Technology Officer of Orange Belgium, said: “The choice for Mobile IoT technologies is future-proof as it is fully consistent with the future evolution towards 5G. It will then be possible to connect objects that require very high reliability e.g. for the remote control of critical devices and automation processes.
"Today we are already using our Mobile IoT network together with the Flemish government for a project with connected bikes in collaboration with our partners Huawei and Sensinxs; IMEC is testing a smart plug project as part of Antwerp’s City of Things program and we have teamed up with CommuniThings for smart parking solutions.
"We invite all application developers, system integrators and early adopters to test the advantages of Orange Mobile IoT network.”