5G, the mobile connectivity of the future

In use from 2020, 5G will provide both the general public and businesses with personalized services. Accessible to the greatest number of people ever, this connectivity will enable the development of digital projects that will contribute to the advancement of society. Orange is working today on this network for tomorrow, and is therefore participating in the emergence of a more connected planet.  

Towards ambient connectivity for an augmented planet

Ultrahigh definition video, streaming, virtual or augmented reality, immersive experiences, and so on. Consumption of content and access to services require ever more bandwidth and higher speeds, for individual and business customers alike.

The volume of mobile data is expected to be 9 times higher by 2022 than it was in 2016.

For Orange, the development of 5G therefore meets the requirement for ambient mobile connectivity, and particularly for:

  • a growing demand for mobile data services,
  • a consistent user experience irrespective of location and use,
  • the development of “machine-to-machine" communication with the Internet of Things (without human intervention),
  • customized services for business customers, particularly for critical applications and activities, such as industrial robotics,
  • faster connection of homes with a service equivalent to fiber.

Its progress in terms of not only speed, reliability, flexibility and security but also of sustainable development criteria will allow for both mobile-to-mobile and object-to-object communication. This will thus create a genuinely augmented planet, in which speeds will be efficiently and sensibly adapted to suit the device: high speeds for smartphones, low speeds for sensors and other connected equipment.

5G will provide more consistent and high-performance mobile coverage wherever you need it each day, and in areas and surroundings where coverage is more challenging. 5G is the augmented network that follows you, without intruding on you.

When is 5G due to be introduced?

The 5G development roadmap:

  • 2012–2016: research of fundamental questions
  • 2016–2018: definition of the international 5G standard and tests in the field
  • 2019: deployment of the network in pilot areas
  • 2020: first commercial use with 4G- and 5G-compatible smartphones
  • 2020–2022: gradual roll-out of 5G for all general public and business uses, such as critical IoT functions, in collaboration with the various sectors of industry.

5G, a genuine focus of innovation

5G will offer speeds that will be 10 times faster than those of 4G+ initially, and up to 100 times faster in the long term. The network will include:

  • a new radio interface,
  • IP-based architecture, optimized for small cells,
  • a design specifically for a wide range of devices, from low-energy machine-to-machine to high-speed functions,
  • a new core network which will have to manage various fixed and mobile access technologies,
  • a quality of service that is tailored to each type of object.