Take a closer look at 5G

5G: Orange is preparing tomorrow’s network today: we contribute to 5G with innovative technological proposals and participation in international standardisation.

5G is a long-term project as it covers a much wider field than previous technologies. As such, 5G must respond to:

  • the growth in demand for wireless data services,
  • “machine to machine” communication and the development of the Internet of Things (IoT),
  • consistent user experience, whatever the place and use,
  • energy saving and cost reduction
  • It offers a multi-service radio interface.

To meet these expectations, and by current routes, 5G will include:

  • a new radio interface,
  • an architecture based on IP, optimized for small cells,
  • designed for a wide variety of devices, from low-power M2M to high speed.
  • A core network that will manage various fixed and mobile access technologies, and will be optimized for virtualization and slicing. These new features are not currently possible with a 4G (EPC) network, hence the research into a new core network.

The quality of our customer experience is a core part of Orange's strategic plan and our actions to deploy and transform our networks, so that our retail customers can enjoy great connectivity wherever and whenever they want and so that businesses and public sector organizations can move forward with their digital transformation.

How will 5G be used?

5G involves high stakes for the future, for general consumers, industry and businesses in general, as well as for operators like Orange. For instance:

  • 5G will deliver far higher speeds than today’s mobile networks. It will offer a personalized connection for everyone, with unrivaled speeds and ease-of-use, even in cell-edge sectors. It will work very closely with 4G networks to offer an incomparable customer experience immediately after being rolled out. All of this will open up possibilities for new uses for both general consumers and professionals: virtual and augmented reality, “augmented self”, tactile internet, 4K cameras on drones, working on the move or remotely, digital workspace and cloud-based applications.
  • In addition, this technology will natively integrate requirements for the Internet of Things:
    -    for saver devices requiring low-speed connectivity, such as sensors measuring water consumption or trackers to locate industrial components, with a long lifespan and connected over very long distances
    -    for applications requiring very high speeds
    -    for critical applications requiring extremely low latency times and increased security. For example, in the automotive sector, with connected cars, in e-health, with remote monitoring, or even in industry, with remote surveillance or robotics.
  • 5G will enable Orange, as an operator, to adapt our networks in line with demand and deliver better energy efficiency.


How is Orange getting ready for the arrival of 5G?

Orange is driving forward work to define 5G and its applications for the various markets and sectors.
We are working closely with industrial and academic stakeholders from this sector within public-private partnerships in France and at European level.
We are also extremely active in international standardization organizations and on frequency harmonization issues. Alongside this, we are carrying out technical trials with industrial firms to overcome the technological obstacles and assess the potential uses of 5G.

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