Orange Belgium new IoT Network reaches 100% coverage

Orange Belgium new IoT Network reaches 100% coverage

Orange Belgium new IoT Network reaches 100% coverage

The possibilities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT) are growing strongly in Belgium and throughout the world. In order to maintain its leadership on this market, Orange Belgium decided last year to invest in new IoT technologies based on international standards.

Today Orange announces the availability of Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M technologies, so called “Mobile IoT”, on the whole Belgian territory, reaching nationwide coverage both indoors and outdoors.

The NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies are Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular network layers that will allow millions of everyday objects to be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). LPWA technologies offer many advantages when connecting objects to the Internet of Things, such as extending the battery life of the connected equipment by up to 10 years thanks to low energy consumption, or drastically reducing the cost of the radio modules inside the devices that need to be connected. Smart furniture, smart parking and asset tracking for instance become possible.

Orange turns Belgium into a Mobile IoT test lab by launching the first nationwide LPWA cellular network in Belgium

Today Orange Belgium announces the nationwide roll-out of Mobile IoT on its network, as committed 1 year ago.

The Mobile IoT technologies bring a different approach to LPWA technologies. Apart from the extended battery life and the minimal cost of the radio modules, NB-IoT and LTE-M:

  • also enable full bidirectional communication between the object and the network allowing firmware software updates over the air;
  • have the best possible mobile coverage (up to +20dB compared to 2G/4G coverage), considerably improving signal penetration inside buildings;
  • can rely on a guaranteed connectivity abroad (roaming) on other operators’ Mobile IoT networks;
  • and they are the safest solution for IoT connectivity as it operates in licensed spectrum. Moreover, the SIM card offers secure connections thanks to LTE networks’ unique capabilities in terms of authenticating and encrypting the data in transit.

Gabriel Flichy, Chief Technology Officer of Orange Belgium, explains:

“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.”

Overall Mobile IoT will act as the catalyst for companies to establish connections that would not have been viable with existing technologies. Consumers will see a huge variety of new products, services and applications enabled by Mobile IoT.

More info on the website business.orange.be/iotstarterskit

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Global semiconductor industry beats $100 billion for the most recent quarter, says IHS Markit

Analyst firm IHS Markit has reported a fruitful second quarter for the global semiconductor industry in 2017, stating to be the sector’s best quarter in three years.

Having witnessed a 6.1% growth on a year-on-year basis, it generated revenue of $ 101.4 billion, up from $ 95.6 billion in the first quarter of 2017. The memory chip market, too, witnessed a successful second quarter by growing 10.7% to a new high of $ 30.2 billion with DRAM and NOR flash memory leading the charge, growing 14% and 12.3% quarter-on-quarter, respectively.

According to IHS Markit, in terms of application, consumer electronics and data processing increased in revenue by 7.9% and 6.8%, respectively, quarter-on-quarter. Despite the supply was tight, the continual growth in memory pricing is attributed to the growth. During the same period, industrial semiconductors saw the third highest growth rate at 6.4%. This is attributed to multiple segments, such as commercial and military avionics, digital signage, network video surveillance, HVAC, smart meters, traction, PV inverters, LED lighting and medical electronics.

The surge in factory automation alone is driving the growth for discrete power transistors, thyristors, rectifiers and power diodes. The market for these devices is expected to reach $ 8 billion in 2021, up from $ 5.7 billion in 2015. Intel still retains the topmost position in the world when it comes to supplying semiconductors. It is followed by Samsung Electronics by a slight margin. Among the top 20 semiconductor suppliers, AMD and Nvidia achieved the highest revenue growth quarter-on-quarter by 24.7% and 14.6%, respectively.

IHS Markit’s executive director of research and analysis, mobile infrastructure and carrier economics, Stéphane Téral, said that as telecom service providers are increasingly focusing on customer satisfaction and retention and on business and network transformation, which require increasing dedicated resources. In order to achieve a significant revenue growth, it is necessary to de-emphasise network operations through outsourcing and managed services as well as network sharing to preserve margins and sustain cash flow, he added.

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Trend Micro to nurture portfolio of IoT startups through new $100 million venture fund

IT security firm Trend Micro has launched a corporate venture fund with initial investments to the tune of $ 100 million.

It seeks to employ this venture arm to independently invest in and provide leverage to a portfolio of startups that are brimming with new ideas and innovations in technology, especially the IoT.

Trend Micro has always aspired to extend its reach globally and ensure safe digital exchange of information. With 26 billion devices estimated to connect to the Internet by 2020, as per Gartner, Trend Micro understands that the ecosystem is yet to evolve to ensure safe transactions and is channelizing its venture to offer companies financial backing, access to its world-class global threat intelligence, strategic alliances, as well as its channel of more than 28,000 partners.

The company seeks to learn through its collaborations with these startups and gain key insights in areas such as emerging ecosystem opportunities, disruptive business models, market gaps and skillset shortages to improvise them internally and augment its solutions.

Eva Chen, founder and CEO, Trend Micro, said: “We have a 29-year history of successfully anticipating technology trends to secure all types of environments. The first mega wave we caught was the growth of the PC marketplace; we committed early on to endpoint protection and remain a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms today. The second mega wave was all about the cloud; we made a bet early on to securing the cloud and so far we have secured over two billion workload hours on Amazon Web Services (AWS) alone.

“Now, we believe the next wave has arrived with IoT; our fund will help us harness this opportunity.”

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Trend Micro launches $100 million venture fund with focus on IoT

Trend Micro launches $ 100 million venture fund with focus on IoT

Japanese cybersecurity software specialist Trend Micro has launched a $ 100 million corporate venture fund targeting start-ups in growing markets, such as the Internet of Things.

The venture will give start-ups access to Trend Micro’s corporate alliances in the cybersecurity space, as well as its channel of more than 28,000 partners. It will also provide them with much sought after financial backing.

Trend Micro is hoping to work with start-ups, with a focus predominantly on IoT, to “uncover insights into emerging ecosystem opportunities, disruptive business models, market gaps and skillset shortages,” the company announced. In short, Trend Micro wants “to dive into new areas without disrupting core business resources.”

An evolving ecosystem

Eva Chen, founder and chief executive officer for Trend Micro, noted, “Trend Micro’s vision has always been to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. The explosion of devices is transforming how the world works, thinks and acts.

“It is clear that the ecosystem is still evolving and there is work to do to ensure organizations and individuals can operate and live safely in this new reality.”

Any learnings gleaned from the investment will influence Trend Micro’s global cybersecurity product planning, the company confirmed.

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Right time to invest

“We have a 29-year history of successfully anticipating technology trends to secure all types of environments,” said Chen. “The first mega wave we caught was the growth of the PC marketplace; we committed early on to endpoint protection and remain a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms today.

“The second mega wave was all about the cloud; we made a bet early on to securing the cloud and so far we have secured over two billion workload hours on Amazon Web Services (AWS) alone. Now, we believe the next wave has arrived with IoT; our fund will help us harness this opportunity.”

Following 72 quarters of consecutive profitability, Trend Micro believes it is now well positioned to invest funds into emerging markets. The company said that the formation of its venture arm “allows additional freedom to dive into new areas without disrupting core business resources”.

Further details on the scope and breakdown of the investment have yet to be announced.

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