PARIS -- At the annual DECT Forum and ULE Alliance meeting in Nuremberg, Orange announced it is now a member of the ULE Alliance. This follows the service provider's decision to use ULE technology to manage device connectivity in its Connected Home service, set to launch in France this spring.
The almost 3 million French Orange residential customers already using Livebox will be able to use Orange Connected Home when it debuts, without the need for any additional equipment. The offer, available at no extra cost, gives home subscribers an easy and secure way to managed connected Internet of Things devices via one mobile application or Djingo, Orange's voice assistant which is not yet available.
At launch a wide range of ULE-compatible connected objects will be marketed under the Orange brand name. They include a motion detector, smart plug, smart light bulb and door or window-opening sensor. These objects were developed in partnership with Deutsche Telekom.
The ULE protocol provides several additional benefits including low power consumption, extended indoor coverage and a particularly simple installation procedure.
"We are convinced the ULE protocol is the best available technology and one that will greatly facilitate the adoption of connected home usage among our customers. Orange is now joining Deutsche Telekom within the ULE Alliance and will work alongside the other members to build a fully-fledged industrial ecosystem," says Sylvaine Aublanc, Smarthome Marketing Director at Orange. "Over 5 million customers of Orange and Deutsche Telekom are already equipped with ULE-compatible routers and will be able to connect to a wider range of connected objects specially designed for use in the home."
Added Ulrich A. Grote, Chairman of the ULE Alliance: "I am very happy to welcome Orange among our members. As a major European operator, I am confident Orange's leadership will bring substantial value to the ULE Alliance and the growing worldwide adoption of the ULE technology. Orange's increased activities in the Alliance will certainly help us as we look to expand the ULE standard's conformance and interoperability in the Smart Home market."
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