As Premium Partner and Official Supplier to Paris 2024, we’re using our expertise and innovation capacity to support the largest sporting event in the world. For the first time, the Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee has trusted a single operator to connect 878 sporting events, 120 official venues, and 15,000 athletes, to bring the event to a global audience of 4 billion people.
Over the past 20 years, we have supported world-class sporting events such as Roland-Garros, the Tour de France, the African Cup of Nations, the Women’s World Cup (in 2019 and 2023) and the Rugby World Cup. For each of these occasions, our teams create and deploy innovative technical solutions so that sports fans can follow the events live, whether from the stadium, at home or traveling around the world, in line with our commitment to giving everyone the keys to a responsible digital world.
Back in 1992, France Telecom designed and deployed the telecom infrastructure for the Albertville Winter Olympics. In 2024, we’ll support the Olympic Organizing Committee once again, this time as a Premium Partner (highest national rank) and Official Supplier of all voice and data communications on our fixed and mobile networks. We are also the Official Sponsor of the first event open to the general public in the history of the Olympic Games: the Marathon Pour Tous (Mass Participation Marathon).
Orange is helping to make the Paris 2024 Olympic Games the most connected and responsible in history. As Sponsor of the Marathon pour Tous, we’re proud to support this race, which follows a route that pays tribute to a significant chapter in French history, and which will allow everyone to participate in a unique and inclusive event!
Showcasing sport on a worldwide scale: a technological challenge
The Paris 2024 Organizing Committee has trusted all of these roles to a single operator, a significant technological and human challenge.
In 2024, connectivity will be a major focus for ensuring the success of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
official competition venues
scheduled sporting events
spectators attending events
Across the official competition venues, our fixed and mobile networks are an essential foundation for the smooth running of the scheduled sporting events, and to improve the viewing experience for the expected million spectators attending events within the various stadiums. The connectivity challenge extends to the Olympic Village and its athletes, the Organizing Committee’s various operating sites, the press centers, and around twenty stations and airports... In total, more than 120 major sites will be connected thanks to Orange.
Our challenge is also to showcase Paris 2024 across a global stage. From the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games on 26 July to the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games on 8 September, more than 4 billion viewers will be watching Paris 2024 around the world. The global press – including 20,000 accredited journalists – will rely on the live broadcast of TV images from all competition sites to the International Broadcast Center for the entire summer.
Spotlight on our expertise and innovation capacity
Within the Group, 1,000 experts are already working on this extraordinary adventure: network specialists, IP engineers, and Consumer and Business technicians are already designing and deploying the various network and IT solutions to support the live broadcasts and smooth operating conditions at the various Olympic venues, based on new standards of technological excellence.
For the first time, an Olympiad will be connected with a unified network architecture including fiber, Wi-Fi, and IP-native 5G, the latter offering a richer viewing experience during the official ceremonies and sporting events.
Another innovation: the Paris 2024 teams will use “Push-To-Talk” technology deployed on the Orange mobile network, a walkie-talkie system that allows completely secure communications with guaranteed availability.
Making the 28th Olympiad the most responsible in history
Connecting the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is an extraordinary technical and human challenge. It is also an opportunity for us to contribute to the most inclusive and sustainable Olympiad in history. First of all, through a less energy-intensive technical architecture and more efficient 5G network, which will help reduce Paris 2024’s direct and indirect carbon footprint.
Secondly, everyone will be able to access the events when and where they want: at home, on the move, or even soaking up the atmosphere in the stadium through our upcoming event programming, which offers the chance to win tickets. We’re also committed to helping people who are hard of hearing or visually impaired enjoy a richer sporting experience through the latest technologies.
Another example is our sponsorship of the Marathon Pour Tous (Mass Participation Marathon), the first event in Olympic history open to the general public. Our TeamOrangeRunning Instagram community is aimed at all running fans, able-bodied or disabled, to help them get to the starting line. On the program: advice, coaching tips, and also the chance to win bibs for prestigious national races as well as the Marathon pour Tous itself.