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French Companies Take Lead on Worldwide Development of Next-Gen LTE Multicast

Monday, Apr 27, 2015

April 27, 2015, a consortium of French companies has positioned itself on cutting edge worldwide 4G developments by designing a next generation eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services) terminal solution. This collaboration will result in widening the capabilities of eMBMS, sparking a new era of innovation in LTE Multicast deployments across the globe.

This project, costing more than US $5 million, involves the collaboration of Orange through its subsidiary Viaccess-Orca, Expway, Sequans, Telecom ParisTech, Sagemcom and Archos. These companies will join their expertise as telecom operators, DRM providers, software developers, research lab, chipset and device manufacturers, covering the full value chain.

“The objective of this project is to go way beyond what is already deployed in the marketplace today. All the players are already leaders in the first wave of LTE Multicast deployment and have been participating to major trials worldwide” said Expway’s Chief Marketing Officer, Claude Seyrat. “Major innovations in LTE Multicast are already in the pipeline. They include new applications for digital radio, efficient magazine delivery, CDN technology, public safety and In-Venue targeted services.”

The project, called Multimedia for 4G evolution (M44G Evo) is supported by French Tech Hub in the Silicon Valley and funded by PIA*. “The support of French Tech Hub and the CGI** was instrumental in gaining traction in the USA, the most dynamic market for LTE Multicast.” concluded Seyrat.

About the companies:

ARCHOS, a pioneer in the portable audio and video player market, and now specializing in Android Tablets and Smartphones, has repeatedly revolutionized the market for consumer electronics since 1988. Today, ARCHOS offers its own line of Android Tablets and Smartphones, as well as a full line of OEM devices. ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.

EXPWAY is the world leader in delivery of live content and multimedia file in a multicast mode over wireless networks. Telecom operators such as NTT DoCoMo, Reliance Jio Infocomm, and ODMs such as Sony and Intel use its solutions today. To find out more, please visit

ORANGE is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 41 billion euros in 2013 and has 161,000 employees worldwide at 30 June 2014, including 101,000 employees in France. Present in 30 countries, the Group has a total customer base of more than 236 million customers at 30 June 2014, including 179 million mobile customers and 16 million fixed broadband customers worldwide. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services.

TELECOM PARISTECH is the telecommunication university of PARISTECH, a consortium of prestigious higher education institutions that collaborate on joint training, research and innovation projects in the fields of science, technology and management. It was established as a public scientific cooperation organization (EPCS) in 2007. Telecom ParisTech, established in 1878, delivers about 300 Masters and 100 PhD degrees per year, in various research fields such as Communications & Electronics, Signal & Image Processing, Computer Science & Networking or Economics & Management.

SAGEMCOM operates on the broadband (digital home, set-top boxes, Internet routers, telephony and multimedia terminals), telecoms and energy (smartgrid and energy management) and retail. With revenue of around 1.2 billion euros, Sagemcom employs 4,200 people on five continents; currently a European leader on most of its key markets, Sagemcom aims to become a world leader in communicating terminals with high added value.

Sequans Communications S.A. (SQNS) is a 4G chipmaker and leading provider of single-mode LTE chipset platforms to wireless device manufacturers worldwide. Sequans offers two LTE product lines: StreamrichLTE™, optimized for feature-rich mobile computing and portable router devices, and StreamliteLTE™, optimized for M2M and other connected devices for the Internet of Things.

VIACCESS-ORCA - As a leading global provider of content protection, delivery, and discovery solutions, Viaccess-Orca is shaping the ultimate content experience. Through its integrated range of business-savvy products and solutions, Viaccess-Orca helps service providers in the cable, DTT, satellite, IPTV, and OTT industries gain a competitive edge in today’s rapidly evolving multiscreen environment. By enabling service providers to securely deliver an engaging user experience on any device, Viaccess-Orca is reinventing the entertainment landscape. Viaccess-Orca is part of the Orange Group. For more information, visit or follow the company on Twitter @ViaccessOrca and LinkedIn.

French Tech Hub accelerates the growth of French Tech companies in the US. French Tech Hub’s team of experienced entrepreneurs works with the best market advisers and technical experts to tech companies define their strategy, launch their product and start their operations in the U.S. French Tech Hub is located in Boston and San Francisco.


Media relations:
Yen Hoang, from Expway (USA), +1-408-501-8816

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