Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Bouygues Telecom plans dedicated IoT network based on LoRa

Steve Rogerson
April 1, 2015

Following trials in Grenoble, Bouygues Telecom has announced the launch this coming June of France’s first network dedicated to the IoT based on LoRa technology. As a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, Bouygues Telecom is the first French operator to proceed with a commercial roll out of this technology for the IoT.
Since November 2013, the city of Grenoble has been the setting for an experiment. For 16 months, Bouygues Telecom, its international partners (Semtech, Sagemcom, Eolane, Adeunis and Kerlink) and several major industrial customers have been testing LoRa technology and assessing its performance in real-life conditions. LoRa’s ability to respond to the wide-ranging demands of large industrial customers – such as penetration in buildings or in basement spaces, bi-directional and secure communications, mobile devices and geolocation services – makes it, from a user standpoint, the most advanced technology for the IoT, claims Buoygues.
Developed by the French company Cycleo, LoRa is a low-power wide-area (LPWA) technology that enables smart devices to share small packets of data, with autonomy of up to ten years with standard batteries. Bolstered by the results of this trial, Bouygues Telecom has now announced the launch of France’s first IoT network, based on LoRa technology, in close collaboration with Semtech.
In other countries, major operators such as KPN, Swisscom, Belgacom and Fastnet are in the process of deploying LoRa networks or carrying out large-scale trials.
“The internet of things is going to transform entire areas of our economy,” said Olivier Roussat, chairman and CEO of Bouygues Telecom. “Thanks to the expertise and the infrastructures of Bouygues Telecom, we will be able to quickly offer nationwide coverage with a high-quality service.”
The IoT network, to be opened as early as June in Issy-les-Moulineaux and a part of Paris, will use the high points of the Bouygues Telecom network that boasts more than 15,000 sites. From the end of the year, around 500 towns and cities will be covered by this network, including Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nice, Rennes, Nantes, Montpellier and Angers.
Bouygues Telecom will be the first French operator to launch a complete commercial offer in the fields of M2M and IoT.
“The pilot scheme carried out with Bouygues Telecom is a world first that has enabled us to improve LoRa protocols further,” said Alain Dantec, senior vice president and general manager of Semtech. “Its long-standing involvement in the development of our technology and its ceaseless work to improve it within the LoRa Alliance has made Bouygues Telecom one of the world’s leading experts in IoT technology. We are now impatient to rise to the challenges of its future customers within the framework of their network roll-out.”