Modernizing Our Networks to Respond to Changing Uses

Instant communication, movie streaming, online gaming and discovering virtual reality are just some of the now everyday activities which require increasing speeds and optimal quality of service. These changing uses require Orange to step up the modernization of all its networks.

Responding to Individuals' High-speed Broadband Needs

With the shift from fixed networks to fibre optic, new services and uses will soon be available to all: high definition or 4K television, video on demand and streaming, virtual reality and, before long, augmented reality. Browsing is getting faster, downloading times are dropping and simultaneous multi-screen connection is becoming increasingly fluid. Thanks to fibre, accessing data stored on the Cloud is as fast as from a local hard disk.

Converging Communication Services

Thanks to the optimization of IP networks it is possible to offer users interoperable and converged services on fixed or mobile access. With all-IP high-speed broadband, high definition TV and video on demand services via streaming for instance are improving in terms of quality. With VoWi-Fi (voice on Wi-Fi), it has become possible to make and receive calls via your mobile number while connected to the Wi-Fi in your home or a public place. VoLTE (voice on LTE/4G) allows for faster outgoing calls, enhanced audio quality and the simultaneous exchange of data.

Toward all-IP

  • End of 2018: withdrawal of sales of analog (old fixed line) voice offers for all customers in France.
  • End of 2019: withdrawal of sales of multi-line offers for business and corporate customers (Numéris or RNIS) in France.
  • from around 2022: gradual migration, area by area, of remaining fixed lines across to all-IP.

Enabling Network Configuration on Demand

Virtualization solutions make it possible to manage connectivity services through software applications. In a company, an IT manager can, without physical intervention and with the help of a standard smartphone or tablet, change your network settings, update features or deploy new "on demand" software. The development of hybrid networks using both data centers and cloud storage allows employees to access the necessary data and applications remotely, thereby facilitating mobile work.

Linking Thousands of Connected Objects

Orange is continuing the gradual deployment in France of a network based on LoRa® (Long Range) technology while also preparing for the introduction of LTE-M* technology in its mobile networks. Its aim is to enable the development of connected objects in everyone's daily lives and in all professional domains. Some examples: in the road sector, connected motorway service areas will be equipped with sensors which send feedback to the operator's supervision portal providing all the information on the activity of the service area. Meanwhile, beekeepers can install trackers on hives which will detect changes in temperature, humidity or hive activity. An innovation solution to hive theft problems, bee health and the loss of swarms.

*LTE-M or Long Term Evolution, category M1 is a technology which allows for connected objects to be connected directly to a 4G network, without a gateway.