Orange Business Services and China Telecom are offering IoT-focused enterprises access to each other’s networks, after signing a new deal.

The two operators said multinationals would be able to deploy IoT and M2M services across Asia, Europe and Africa thanks to an extension of an existing strategic partnership.

OBS already offers MPLS-based IP VPN services across over 200 cities with China Telecom, for example.

The new deal promises “a global solution to address local IoT connectivity requirements” thanks to the likes of eSIMs and Ericsson’s Device Connectivity Platform.

OBS’s IoT offering is based around its Datavenue service, which launched outside of France last October.

Datavenue comprises hardware, connectivity, data, management and other services including security.

The France-based telco continues to build out dedicated IoT networks, including NB-IoT, LoRa and LTE-M, in France and other European markets as it looks to hit associated financial targets.

Orange had slated €600 million of new revenue from the IoT by 2018, but CFO Ramon Fernandez said last month that he expected to miss this target.

Karsten Selle, Vice President, Finance & Administration of Orange Mobile Enterprise, said: “Orange Business Services is always striving for innovative solutions to respond to the global needs of its customers.

“We are looking forward to creating together with China Telecom true business benefits around the global IoT projects of our respective customers.”

Deng Xiao Feng, Managing Director of the Global Business Department of China Telecom, added: “China Telecom is working closely with Orange to push for the building of an innovative and advanced IoT solution to capture global IoT opportunities.

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