Orange extends leadership in eSIM connectivity with the launch of the Montblanc Summit 2+ smartwatch
Orange is Montblanc’s chosen partner to launch first in Europe
Orange announces that it is luxury goods maker, Montblanc’s chosen partner to launch its newest smartwatch, the Summit 2+ first in Europe. This luxury device is the first smartwatch with an eSIM solution from Wear OS by Google™ and with this collaboration Orange is the first operator worldwide to remotely connect eSIM with On Device Service Activation on Wear OS by Google, making connecting to the mobile network on a new smartwatch seamless and fully digitalised for customers. The move underlines Orange’s leadership in driving the adoption of eSIM connectivity and along with Wear OS by Google, enabling a standard GSMA implementation, will act as a catalyst to extend remote activation and cellular connectivity on further smartwatch categories.
Orange will launch the Montblanc Summit 2+ eSIM smartwatch in France and Spain on its 4G networks in the second quarter of 2020, the first in Europe to do so. Orange will continue its promotion and activation of a multiSIM approach, enabling customers to maintain the same mobile number across their smartphone and smartwatch and allow them to share their data allowance across the two devices in a single bill. With the smartwatch connected to Orange’s network, the device will operate autonomously, without the need for the smartphone to be nearby.
The Montblanc Summit 2+ adds a new dimension to Orange’s growing smartwatch portfolio as it partners with the major industry players to deliver cellular connectivity and its technological know-how to traditional watchmakers to enrich the customer experience. Aimed at both men and women, the smartwatch unites Montblanc’s fine watchmaking heritage and design with the latest in mobile technology delivering a rich customer experience. Customers will be able to make calls and send and receive texts using voice dictation on the watch without the need for a tethered connection to a smartphone. Customers also receive full notification from social networks and other smartphone apps.
The Summit 2+ is packed with features including GPS to track speed and location and is underpinned by a battery power of 440mAh, which can be extended by using time-only modes and battery savers. It also has the latest in processing power with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 3100 Platform - the first smartwatch enabling cellular connectivity to feature this platform. The smartwatch also features an extensive range of fitness features including activity monitoring, calories, distance, heart rate monitoring among many others including Montblanc proprietary applications.
“These are exciting times to be partnering with Montblanc to deliver this stand-out smartwatch first in Europe. The launch of the Summit 2+ represents a key step on our journey to grow connectivity in the wearables market place, as Orange builds on its established leadership in eSIM and network services. With the smartwatch’s high-end design and craftsmanship and state-of-the art network technology we are re-inventing the customer experience with a fully digitalised journey,” said Philippe Lucas, Senior Vice President, Customer Equipment and Partnerships.
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 42 billion euros in 2019 and 145,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2020, including 85,000 employees in France. The Group has a total customer base of 253 million customers worldwide at 31 March 2020, including 208 million mobile customers and 21million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In December 2019, the Group presented its new "Engage 2025" strategic plan, which, guided by social and environmental accountability, aims to reinvent its operator model. While accelerating in growth areas and placing data and AI at the heart of its innovation model, the Group will be an attractive and responsible employer, adapted to emerging professions.
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