Modernized Networks for a Responsible Connection in All Regions
Because the same level of internet access is not available to all, Orange has made closing the digital gap a key ambition to ensure innovation is accessible to the widest possible audience. The Group is committed to increasing coverage considerably in regions with high-speed broadband and deploying the most energy efficient networks.
Connectivity for All Regions
In France, we are continuing to deploy and market fiber in rural areas, in "sparsely populated" regions and in white areas, in other words municipalities where the town center (and a radius of 500 m around it) is not covered by any of the mobile networks of the four main operators. The Group supports the "White Areas" program initiated by the French Government aimed at providing all town centers with mobile services (3G) coverage by the end of 2017. Through the "Orange Connected Regions" program, Orange has also set a renewed ambition to improve speeds in French rural areas by enhancing the internet experience of 2.5 million households by the end of 2019. For this, the Group plans to deploy FTTH in homes, businesses and public locations in partnership with the local authorities and to bring 4G to homes to improve fixed internet speeds.
Based on the conviction that access to digital technology and the web drives human development, we are also continuing to extend coverage of regions in other countries of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, with a clear focus on efforts to deploy high speed networks. 4G is deployed in all countries of Europe and 3G in all countries of the Africa & Middle East sector where Orange operates. 4G is now also available in Botswana, the Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Jordan, Liberia, Morocco, Mauritius, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, and Tunisia.
Less Energy-Hungry Modernized Networks
Improving connectivity must go hand in hand with reducing the environmental footprint associated with networks. Through its "Green ITN" transformation plan, the Group aims to deploy networks and an information system which are less energy hungry to reduce CO2 emissions from customer usage by 50% by 2020.
Orange is deploying new generation network infrastructures which contribute to energy savings: powering of radio sites by solar panels, cooling solutions for technical sites, integration of energy meters into equipment, migration from copper to fiber, etc. Between 2010 and 2015, these actions have saved 2,500 GWh in electricity and avoided the consumption of 170 million liters of fuel.
In its efforts to develop 5G, Orange supports the ambition of the Next Generation of Mobile Networks Consortium (comprising telecoms manufacturers and operators) which hopes that the 5th generation mobile network will consume half as much as current technologies by multiplying the volume of traffic by 1,000.