A co-construction approach
Orange is engaged in a 5G co-construction process across the whole ecosystem of researchers, universities, tech partners and different business sectors: from transportation to manufacturing, and health to entertainment. This open collaboration allows Orange to better understand the issues, new business models and needs, and to test use cases.
Large-scale 5G business development requires a global standard that will allow for interoperable and sustainable solutions. Orange plays an active role in the global standardisation partnership 3GPP. A significant milestone was reached at the end of December 2017 with the publication of the first version of the 5G standard 5G NR (NR for New Radio).
Orange also actively contributes to 5G deployment in Europe by participating in the 5G public-private partnership 5G-PPP, and by working with the French national research agency (ANR).
Field tests are being conducted with industrial and innovation partners in order to evaluate technical performance under real conditions and to acquire the field experience necessary for 5G design and deployment. Partnerships have been set up with various market players to study specific 5G aspects such as driverless car connectivity with UTAC CERAM and Ericsson, 5G uses in the workplace with Nokia and 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) with Samsung and Cisco.
5G, and responsible connectivity
Developing 5G is a commitment to providing connectivity that’s as efficient and progressively accessible to as many people as possible, while paying constant attention to network energy efficiency.
It’s in this context that Orange works to standardise and harmonise frequencies on a worldwide scale with its European partners and international organisations.
A special feature of the 5G multiservice network will be the ability to adapt to connectivity needs by activating it only where and when it is needed, and propose the best speed for how it will be used.