Networks, the cornerstone of our innovation

Supporting our customers in their connected life and building the services of tomorrow.

In order to prepare for the future, Orange is deploying high and very high speed broadband connectivity, with:

  • 4G/LTE networks in 10 countries,
  • 3G/3G+ networks in 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East,
  • very high speed fixed line access networks (fiber, VDSL2) in Spain, in France and in Poland, with 3 million connectable homes to FTTH (fiber) in France,
  • a global network for business customers,
  • participation in 40 undersea cable consortia.

 

Present in 29 countries, as at June 30, 2016, the Group served 250 million customers worldwide, including 189 million high speed mobile customers and 18 million high speed broadband customers.
2016 Orange Financial results H1

 

The men and women serving the networks

Around 40,000 of the Group’s employees are dedicated to networks (including 14,000 for IT services). These teams have all the tools, equipment and processes to allow them to ensure the design, development and supervision of networks from end to end.

Offering an optimal network experience to everyone:

The Group is supported by “Services Management Centers”: these real control towers ensure that networks are supervised and the quality of service is monitored 7 days a week and 24 hours a day through a technical interface with all the players in the chain, such as call centers, distribution networks, etc.

Reducing electricity consumption

The Group has set itself the objective of reducing its CO2 emissions on customer use by 50% from 2006 to 2020 thanks to networks with lower energy consumption.
Through its “Green ITN” plan, the Group is stepping up its efforts to deploy network infrastructures that contribute to achieving this strategic priority. This is done, for example, through the ventilation of data centers or mobile solar energy stations.
Its main operational driver consists of working with suppliers to reduce the energy consumption of equipment: the objective is to end up with “passive” equipment which doesn’t consume any energy when there is no traffic.
The Group is also working to integrate this environmental requirement in future standards, which will, for example, be a major aspect of the specifications for 5G.