Orange has announced that it will provide support to start-ups specialising in the Internet of Things (IoT).
The aim of the programme is to help new businesses accelerate their development and bring their products to the market, the France-based operator said in a statement.
Orange's offer to IoT start-ups offer includes: the opening up of its online distribution channels in France, 19 other European countries and South Africa; assistance for start-ups seeking to industrialise their connected object prototypes through relationship building support with global manufacturers; and access to communication modules.
Support is available to startups from all over the world that have developed a prototype or are on the verge of launching a connected object using 2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi or Bluetooth technologies.
“By backing entrepreneurs in the development of their businesses, Orange is supporting the growth of the IoT market, which is particularly strong in the fields of personal services, healthcare, the connected home and smart cities,” the operator said.
Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange, the company has put R&D efforts into connected objects "for many years".
He added: "We are convinced that connected objects will play a very important role in tomorrow’s internet. By supporting IoT startups, Orange will help accelerate the development of innovative SMEs and will facilitate the distribution of their connected objects."
The launch adds to similar projects the operator is involved with, such as Orange Fab, NUMA and Iris Capital – a venture capital company in which Orange is a shareholder.