Tessares attends matchmaking event with Orange
A diverse group of innovators attended the event and presented disruptive digital solutions ranging from Wi-Fi optimisation to cybersecurity, robotics, wearables and smart cities. Throughout the day, there were 4 pitching sessions and over 30 parallel business meetings.
Tessares pitched its solutions for greater Internet connectivity to top Orange representatives and had the chance to deliver a detailed presentation in exploratory one-to-one meetings with Orange managers.
Speaking about the motivations behind the event Bertrand Rojat, Orange Fab’s director, stated: “Orange is very strong on its core business. However, for us to innovate faster, we need to take advantage of the strong ecosystem of startups and SMEs around us. That’s our challenge, and that’s why we’re here today.”
Christian Schneiter, Lead Product Manager for Cloud Solutions and Artificial Intelligence at Orange, addressed the success factors behind Orange’s innovation strategy: “The main factor of success is to focus on solving our customers’ problems. The technology is there only to solve real problems.” Moreover, he shared some advice for the companies in the room: “My advice is to approach us with new ideas to tackle existing problems. As a big company, we need your inputs and fresh perspective.”
Denis Périquet, CEO of Tessares, Hybrid Access Solutions, commented, “We’re very happy to be selected for this event. We believe our Hybrid Access innovation will unlock new opportunities for Orange and start a mutually fruitful partnership.”
Tessares is a spin-off from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium where researchers have over a period of many years greatly contributed to the design, implementation and standardisation of a new Internet protocol: Multipath TCP (MPTCP) which is an evolution of TCP, invented 40 years ago and used for over 90% of the world’s Internet traffic. In comparison to alternative solutions, MPTCP offers many benefits in particular in terms of deployability, being simpler and cheaper to commercialise. Although any IP network can be bonded, the initial focus of the company is Hybrid bonding of xDSL & 4G networks for Home/Office Gateways. Tessares is headquartered in Belgium with development and sales teams in Belgium and the UK.