European Carrier Orange Partners With Facebook For French Tech Accelerator
European wireless carrier Orange has been working on startups for the last few years. They have a startup tech accelerator called Orange Fab, with campuses across the globe including Asia, Spain, Paris and San Francisco. Last week Orange and Facebook announced a partnership for a “Telecom Track” acceleration program that will be based at the Paris campus.
Both the wireless carrier and the world’s largest social network are looking to engage directly with innovative startups looking to tackle a range of network-related problems. Those ideas could range from network management to access technologies and everything in between.
Last month at F8 Facebook outlined the next level for the social network which looks a lot like virtual and augmented reality. Those technologies, as well as making Facebook completely fluid among devices, could rely heavily on the future of technology brewing at the accelerator.
Leading experts from Orange, Facebook and a host of other well known companies will work directly with the startups in the program. They will also get up to $20,000 (US) in funding for their companies.
“As part of our network evolution towards 5G and future technologies, there is a huge opportunity to innovate at the network level, and a need to support the bright minds and talents that will keep pushing telecoms innovation forward,” said Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Executive Vice-President of Innovation, Marketing and Technologies, Orange said in a statement. “We believe that with our partnership with Facebook and the opening of the new Telecom Track, we are able to encourage and support this community of startups, which has the ability to really disrupt this space and develop new innovation within telecoms.”
“Facebook is looking forward to working with Orange and TIP to support this start-up accelerator,” said Jay Parikh, Head of Engineering and Infrastructure, Facebook. “Working together, we hope to help identify and support telecoms network infrastructure innovation while helping pave the way for future breakthroughs.”
Applications are open globally through May 14, 2017