Orange Business Services (OBS) has signed a multi-million euro deal with satellite technology company Viasat to provide an IoT roaming service.

The France-based telco will provide up to 350,000 roaming-enabled SIM cards to enable Viasat’s remote telematics boxes to send and receive data, SMS and voice.

Viasat supplies telematics products and services to the insurance and fleet management markets.

Combined with its satellite positioning service, Viasat would be able to provide a “comprehensive” insurance solution, OBS said.

The three-year deal includes an IoT management platform that allows Viasat customers to manage and update their own SIM cards.

OBS’s solution is based on its Datavenue platform, which offers IoT connectivity, hardware, data management and security.

It launched in France in 2015 and globally last year.It launched in France in 2015 and globally last year.

Massimo Getto, Vice President and CFO, Viasat Group, said: “Our telematics solutions need global coverage to provide a complete service for our customers in the fleet and insurance industries.

“Among our partners, we selected Orange Business Services for IoT connectivity because of their wide coverage, flat rate pricing across the EU and comprehensive international support.”

OBS signed a similar deal with car rental company Hertz last week.OBS signed a similar deal with car rental company Hertz last week.

According to a report from research house IDC, the insurance, consumer, healthcare and retail sectors will drive growth in IoT spending over the next few years.

OBS saw like-for-like revenues rise three percent to €4.75 billion in the nine months to September 2016.

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