Open research

The future is being built today in interaction with all the stakeholders, in particular the researchers and developers of the whole world, governments and communities of interest.

  • Orange is contributing to over 80 cooperative projects, both in France and throughout Europe and to several European Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) including the
    “Advanced 5G Network Infrastructure for the Future Internet et Big Data” PPP.

  • Within the framework of the French Government’s Future Investments Program, the Group is involved with two Technological Research Institutes (TRI). It is the head of the TRI com">b<>com, which works on ultra-high speed fixed and mobile networks and the content of the future with, in particular, 20 SMEs. It also contributes to the SystemX institute, which is working on digital engineering for systems.

  • Orange is involved in 100 research partnerships with universities and public laboratories in France and all over the world. The Group is a founding member of 5 foundations, including the Institut Mines-Télécom and the Centrale Supélec, and has formed research partnerships with foreign universities. It also finances 12 university chairs including one in the Polytechnique et Télécom Paris Tech on the economy and regulation and another in the Institut Mines-Télécom on the values and policies of personal information. Finally, there are over 140 doctoral or post-doctoral students in the Group who, in schemes with academic laboratories, are receiving training in research in Orange teams.

  • The Group takes part in 10 competitiveness clusters in France formed in order to foster local synergies around innovative projects and, in particular, it is the leader of the “Images and Networks” cluster. These clusters enable Orange to be involved in the development of over 3,000 digital start-ups and SMEs.

  • 60 research partnerships have been formed with industrial players in order to forecast and measure, with the best specialists, the attractiveness of new products and services and to get them onto the market quicker. The Group also takes part in the solutions of the Nouvelle France Industrielle project, including “smart objects”, “digital trust”, and the “data economy”.

  • Orange is active in the ecosystems of French Tech and its start-ups working on technological, usage, or market breakthroughs.

  • Every year, Orange welcomes over 2 000 visitors to the Salon de la Recherche (2 820 participants in 2016), a time of exchange which allows our researchers to share their work in about fifty demonstrations.