GrandPad partners with Orange Belgium and Ericsson to expand reach and connectivity of purpose-built GrandPad tablet for families across Europe, starting with the UK and Ireland
ORANGE, Calif., Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Staying connected just got easier for older adults living in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland, thanks to a new partnership between GrandPad, Orange Belgium and Ericsson. The partnership will allow GrandPad, creator of the first purpose-built tablet for older adults, to offer the Orange Belgium 4G LTE connectivity service powered by Ericsson's IoT Accelerator Platform to older adults who use GrandPad to stay connected with family, friends, and caregivers.
Currently sold and distributed in the UK and Ireland through TechSilver, GrandPad is being used by people around the world as a simple, secure, and reliable way to keep older adults socially connected, even during physical distancing and COVID-19 restrictions. This partnership will also be available in other European countries in the future.
"Mobile devices have been a lifesaver during COVID-19, but challenges around WiFi, including its availability and reliability, often prevent older adults from consistently using these technologies. Fortunately, every GrandPad connected tablet comes with built-in LTE srvice, which removes this barrier," said Scott Lien, Co-founder and CEO of GrandPad. "We're thrilled to announce this partnership -- especially at this critical time -- because it gives GrandPad users in the UK and Ireland access to broad network coverage and fast, secure, and reliable 4G LTE."
The GrandPad is an easy-to-use device that reconnects seniors with family, friends, and caregivers through simple video calling, voice text and email, and straightforward photo sharing. GrandPad also provides a connection to the world and supports personal interests through unlimited music, streaming radio, news, games, and more. This functionality is made possible through built-in LTE service that allows older adults to connect from anywhere, at any time.
"As a responsible operator, we are fully committed to supporting relevant usages of technologies that benefit society," said Werner De Laet, Chief Enterprise, Innovation and Wholesale Officer of Orange Belgium. "The GrandPad initiative is a great example of the kind of use cases we want to promote. Based on our expertise in IoT services and the strength and reliability of our network solutions, this partnership will allow people to better connect with their families, their loved ones and to enjoy entertainment or access to information."
Access to the Orange Belgium network is available now to GrandPad users and families in the UK and Ireland. Since the beginning of 2020, GrandPad has connected more than 960,000 older adults and family members in more than 110 countries. This connectivity is made possible by GrandPad's built in LTE feature, which will be even more powerful on the Orange Belgium network for users across Europe, starting in the UK and Ireland.
"Our technology can help shorten the social and physical distance that the elderly and families are experiencing right now. Together with Orange Belgium and GrandPad, our global IoT platform delivers easy and secure device connectivity to ensure GrandPad users stay connected in this time of change," said Kiva Allgood, Head of IoT for Ericsson.
Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers. Ericsson provides the underlying infrastructure for the Orange Belgium IoT connectivity management service.
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