5G, the mobile connectivity of the future
Available gradually from 2020, in addition to existing networks, 5G will provide personalised services to both consumers and businesses. Orange is working with all stakeholders to prepare the way for new uses that will help to move society forward.
Towards smarter and more flexible connectivity
Ultra high definition video, streaming, virtual or augmented reality, immersive experiences, and so on. The latest content and services require ever more bandwidth and higher speeds, for individual and business customers alike.
Right from the start, 5G will offer better performance than 4G (in terms of speed, latency and capacity). As it evolves, 5G promises to revolutionise the world around us with new services and applications, in particular for businesses, in fields as broad as industry 4.0, connected and self-driving cars and telemedicine.
With 5G, we can support these changes by exploring three complementary areas:
- Improved mobile broadband.
- An alternative solution to fixed broadband to complement the fibre network in some countries.
- New applications to support ongoing transformations within business and society, taking advantage of real time uses.
Orange 5G will be a genuine ‘multi-service’ network
5G is designed to be a multi-service network, one that can adapt to a whole host of devices: smartphones of course, but also enhanced 360° content and augmented reality, connected objects, fridges, driverless cars… in fact, everything that makes tomorrow’s smart cities possible.
When is 5G due to be introduced?
Commercial launches will be deployed in phases from 2020, depending on frequency allocation and the growth in uses.
We’re already preparing for the arrival of 5G with the progressive deployment of technology on existing 4G sites in 17 European cities. We’re also piloting the technology on the first 5G smartphones and running consumer tests.
5G, a genuine focus of innovation
Beyond faster speeds, 5G will eventually offer reduced latency times, which will encourage the development of near real-time uses. With its innovative network architecture, 5G will be able to adapt to uses that require extreme responsiveness such as industry 4.0, health, connected and self-driving cars and more.
The 5G network relies on:
- A global standard, which enables the design of sustainable and interoperable solutions: we are actively contributing to its standardisation – the first important milestone has already been reached with the publication of the first version of the standard in December 2017 and the second in June 2018.
- Frequencies: low frequencies, which will meet coverage requirements especially inside buildings, high frequencies for higher speeds to support the demand for new services, and very high frequencies for very high speed requirements.