Orange presents innovations at 'Hello' event
"Continuously innovating is our Group's strength and the attitude shared by all the people who shape Orange on a day-to-day basis. It is also the key to our future growth and a way to continue making a difference. Innovation, as we see it, only makes sense if it is simple, relevant and benefits all of our customers."
It was with this message that Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange, welcomed 700 economic and political decision-makers, partners and journalists at the Docks de Paris in a highly original setting. In a totally reconstructed Orange city, guests learned about eight innovations that will be taken to market between now and spring 2013.
Ultra-fast mobile broadband. Following Marseille, which has had coverage since June 2012, 4G is coming to Lyon, Lille and Nantes. The first 4G offering will be marketed from 22 November for corporate customers and from February 2013 for consumers. These new packages will allow ultra-fast broadband access (60% of the French population covered at the end of 2012) with speeds up to 3 times faster than 3G+, as well as 4G access (for these four cities), with speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G+.
Fibre speeds of up to 200 Mb/s for all eligible customers, together with the new Livebox Play from February 2013.
"my home life"
The new Livebox Play range, which, through its power and ergonomics, delivers an enhanced surfing and entertainment experience and can be previewed on the liveboxplay.orange.fr website. Preregistration will open on 22 November and will allow customers who want it to enjoy preferential terms when it comes out in February 2013.
Orange Cloud, a secure digital storage area, offers up to 50 GB for each user and up to 100 GB for fibre customers with a Livebox Play and for 4G mobile customers from February 2013. Communication to the Orange Cloud is not deducted from the user's data package.
With Orange, NFC is becoming commonplace in France, with more than 20 compatible mobile phones available in Orange shops and as a result of partnerships signed with the major banks in France.
joyn (RCS – Rich Communication Suite), the new communication standard for enhanced uses (video, sharing, chat, etc.), already deployed in Spain and to be launched from 2013 in Belgium, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and of course in France.
LibOn, an application enabling users to make high-definition phone calls, chat, and create personalised welcome messages from a single, highly intuitive application. Available now for iOS, this free application will be launched at the beginning of 2013 onAndroid.
A partnership with Facebook, to introduce more communication tools into social networks, with a first public teleconference service coming in summer 2013.