Wavecom and Orange Partner to Provide Communication and Service Solution for M2M

Carrier-Module Maker Partnership to Facilitate Machine-to-Machine Application Development and Accelerate Market Expansion.
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France and London, UK -April 08, 2004
Wavecom SA (NASDAQ: WVCM; Euronext: AVM; ISIN: FR0000073066) and Orange today announced a strategic partnership between the two companies to provide a joint machine-to-machine (M2M) industry solution. The agreement sees the two companies co-marketing and co-selling the first end-to-end communication and development platform for wireless M2M applications, encompassing Orange’s M2M Connect platform and a fully compatible M2M module from Wavecom.

Data from remote devices are becoming crucial for many organisations for billing, production scheduling, customer services, maintenance, accounting and a host of other purposes. However, the development of M2M solutions has traditionally required significant investments and a long development time, and resulted in non-scalable, proprietary solutions. Bundling carrier services with an M2M wireless module, both using open standards, Wavecom and Orange will provide an integrated and simple solution that addresses these major obstacles to growth.

The M2M Connect platform from Orange offers not only customized M2M networking functions and service level agreements, but also access to a compelling telemetry platform based on an open infrastructure. M2M Connect enables cost-effective development of a new application in weeks rather than months, allowing developers to work in their comfort zone of HTML, XML and other standard Internet-based languages. For corporate users, M2M Connect means a scalable and sustainable solution providing easy access to field data using Internet technologies.

Through the partnership, Wavecom is complementing M2M Connect by providing a fully compatible, ready-to-use “smart module” embedding Orange connectivity protocols. By significantly reducing the time and cost of application development, the joint offering enables end users to deploy M2M solutions that reduce operating costs and create new services and revenue streams, with return on investment in less than one year.

Commenting on the announcement Pierre Piver, VP of Wavecom’s Vertical Applications business unit, said: “We are proud to be a preferred partner to the Orange Group in the M2M market, working to give customers all the tools they need to transform potential into business. Together, we will provide an easy-to-use, sustainable and cost-effective platform with the guarantee of quality and level of service that customers are entitled to expect from two industry leaders.”

Philippe Bernard, VP Orange Business Solutions, added, “M2M communication is a new way to improve business performance. Orange and Wavecom are offering a global end-to-end communication platform and application portal that simplifies development, implementation and accessibility to M2M applications for solution providers and industrial users. We are convinced that this pioneering carrier-module maker partnership will accelerate the expansion of the M2M market.”

Over the long run, the alliance of two industry leaders around open standards and scalable solutions protects customer investments while opening huge potential for future developments. As Orange and Wavecom continue to enhance their common offering, customers can increasingly reap the benefits of this unique partnership, which melds hardware, software and services into a seamless, transparent solution.

Orange’s M2M Connect platform is available immediately in the UK, France and Belgium. The joint solution, which comprises M2M Connect support built into Wavecom’s WISMO Quik 2406 modules as well as its Fastrack and Integra modems, will be available in the second quarter of 2004.

About Orange
Orange, Orange M2M Connect and wirefree are trademarks of Orange PCS. The Orange group is one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies, with operations in 19 countries across Europe and beyond. It provides a broad range of personal communications services, including Orange GSM1800 services and other digital cellular telephone services. The Orange brand operates in the UK, France, Switzerland, Romania, Denmark, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Thailand, the Ivory Coast, the Dominican Republic, Cameroon, the Netherlands, Botswana and Madagascar. The Orange group also has controlled operations in Belgium (Mobistar). The Orange group has a joint controlling interest in Egypt (MobiNil) and minority interests in Portugal (Optimus), Austria (One), and Mumbai/India (BPL Mobile). As at the end of December 2003, Orange was the largest mobile operator in both the UK with over 13.6 million active customers, and France with over 20 million registered customers. As at the end of December 2003, Orange controlled companies had over 49 million customers worldwide. Further information about Orange can be found on the Orange website at www.orange.com