5G: for responsible overall connectivity

Developing 5G is a commitment to providing ambient connectivity to everyone, with a constant concern for the energy efficiency of the network. It is with this in mind that Orange is working with its European partners to standardize 5G.

Connecting every region

For Orange, 5G will become the network of the “augmented planet”, connecting both cities and rural areas. Its extended coverage in emerging countries at a limited economic cost will make it possible to provide ambient connectivity for everyone in the long term. The Group is therefore especially proactive in research and development involving 5G and its applications in various markets and sectors. Hence we are taking part in work to standardize 5G and harmonize frequencies across the world within international bodies. 

Limiting the network’s energy costs

One of the specific features of 5G is its ability to adapt to connection requirements by activating itself only when required and offering the most appropriate speed for the use. For Orange, developing 5G is therefore about offering increased energy efficiency while guaranteeing access to a high-performance network in all circumstances. The Group is actively campaigning to offer energy savings of nearly 50% compared to 4G, while permitting a 1,000-fold increase in traffic. 

Tests conducted in partnership with Ericsson achieved mobile speeds in excess of 15 Gbps in an urban environment.

To achieve this objective, Orange has joined the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) which brings together Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia and NTT Docomo, and works in close collaboration with industrial and academic players in public–private partnerships in France and Europe, such as 5G-PPP. Orange has also entered into partnerships with various market players to test the technology and work on specific aspects of 5G technology: connected vehicles with Ericsson and the PSA Group, corporate use of 5G with Nokia, or virtual and augmented reality with Huawei.

5G: an update on regulations

On September 14, 2016, the European Commission presented an incredibly ambitious proposal, “5G for Europe: An Action Plan”. Amongst other things, it seeks to harmonize the deployment of 5G across all Member States of the European Union between now and its introduction (2018) and its widespread adoption (2020). The Commission also announced some ambitious objectives. One major city per country should have 5G capability before 2020 and urban areas and major transportation routes should be covered by 2025.