Networks are the foundation for the ongoing digital revolution. The global pandemic and ensuing economic crisis highlighted the vital importance of networks and the major role digital technology plays in our societies. And now they’re essential for driving a sustainable economic recovery.
Networks are also central to our activity at Orange, and they are key to us offering an unmatched customer experience. When it comes to 5G, we firmly believe it is vital tool for boosting business competitiveness and regional development.
5G, the new generation very high-speed network
The network 5G will complement existing networks while providing the groundbreaking technology we need to enable national and regional prosperity improving performance in the following ways:
- technological performance, because ultimately it is a more powerful, intelligent, flexible and reliable network.
- economic performance, because it opens up new possibilities for consumers and businesses.
- environmental performance, because the network will be up to 10 times more efficient than 4G by 2025 and also provide solutions to some of today’s environmental issues.
- industrial performance, because it drives innovation and regional attractiveness for businesses facing strong international competition.
5G and radio waves…
5G has already been deployed in several countries around the world (China, Korea, Japan, USA Switzerland, UK, Germany, Spain and Romania in particular).
From a health point of view, in addition to the 5G Q&A published by the World Health Organisation and European Commission, authorities in 17 countries have also published their findings on 5G.
The general approach is that 5G frequencies are used by other wireless services and comply with existing radio wave exposure thresholds. The general opinion is that there is no direct evidence of hazardous effects on human health although some authorities believe more research is needed.
Orange complies with all regulations in force when it comes to 5G and radio waves, having already applied them for previous generations of networks. Our teams continue to closely monitor the risks and share the latest information at radio waves.
5G deployment: first steps in Orange countries
5G deployment is underway. Rest assured, we’re taking a rational approach, focusing on where there is the greatest need while paying attention to people’s concerns. Our plan is as follows:
Progressive 5G roll-out on existing 4G sites in Europe, supplementing existing networks, in cities and in areas of economic activity, depending on the availability of frequencies and changes in use.
Continued extension of 4G coverage in our operating countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The same is true when it comes to fibre and building “information highways” through submarine cables.
Use of new antennas that consume less energy than those used for 4G because they only activate at the request of the user.
Ensuring network deployment compliance
We are gradually deploying 5G on existing 4G sites to supplement existing networks in Europe, according to frequency availability and changing requirements.
We are using new, more eco-efficient and higher performing antennas that will only be activated according to users’ needs.
Finally, our deployments meet the regulatory thresholds defined by the WHO, and in accordance with local radio wave guidelines. They also comply with the European standard for maximum smartphone Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values.
Roll out of public 5G core network.
Improved performance enabling greater levels of security and quality of service (slicing): for industry, connected vehicles, smart cities, health, ...
More connected objects
Mass adoption of IoT*: industrial applications, process optimisation, etc
Near real for online gaming, industrial robotics and, ultimetaly, autonomous connected cars
* Internet of Things is characterised by connected physical objects having their own digital identity and capable of communicating with each other.
5G opens the path to new uses
Here are some examples of the benefits of 5G.
In the second stage of 5G deployments, we’re anticipating major developments in various sectors such as manufacturing, health, transport, media and smart cities.
For the general public, first and foremost, 5G will offer the best connection for your mobile services, thanks to a faster and more responsive network that will eventually offer an experience comparable to home fibre. It will also enable more interactive, immersive and contextual mobile experiences, enriched via virtual or augmented reality, for training, working, communicating, entertaining and managing everyday admin. PCs and games consoles will also be replaced by cloud gaming as people can play together from their smartphones with very low latency.
In businesses, factories and hospitals, with 5G it will be possible to connect a massive amount of devices, collect the data generated and analyse it in near real-time and in an increasingly relevant way thanks to artificial intelligence. In telemedicine, this will facilitate the transmission of critical data for patients receiving treatment at home and also enable remote surgery, for example.
In businesses, factories and hospitals, with 5G it will be possible to connect a massive amount of devices, collect the data generated and analyse it in near real-time and in an increasingly relevant way thanks to artificial intelligence. In telemedicine, this will facilitate the transmission of critical data for patients receiving treatment at home and also enable remote surgery, for example. On manufacturing sites and campuses 5G helps to control and connect industrial robots, improving productivity thorough carrying out maintenance on industrial equipment or improving security through automating building surveillance.
5G is also one of the solutions being looked at by a number of companies to enable their ecological transition as it allows remote collaboration and immersive virtual events thereby reducing the environmental impact of business travel. It also optimises energy consumption in buildings and public spaces. In smart cities, public authorities can cross-reference traffic data in real time and enable intelligent traffic control systems (lights and signalling) to improve traffic flow, reduce jams and therefore decrease pollution.
From joint pilots to first licences and commercial deployments: where are we in terms of 5G?
Spain, 7 September 2020:
5G launches in 5 city centres
Launching in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Malaga, 5G will initially cover 30% of each city, before expanding to more suburbs and extending to nine further cities across the country.
Spain, summer 2020:
Orange participates in three major pilots
Orange was selected to take part in three projects awarded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation. We’re playing a leading role in pilots running in Valencia, Galicia and the Basque region.
Romania, August 2020:
Bucharest first city in Romania to benefit from 100% 5G coverage on the Orange network.
Bucharest becomes the first city in Romania to benefit from 100% 5G coverage on the Orange network.
Romania, end of 2019:
Orange contributes to several co-innovation projects.
Including a partnership with Continental to equip trucks travelling in convoys to optimise and secure road transport.
Luxembourg, 24 July 2020:
5G frequency allocation (2020)
“We are particularly pleased with the outcome of these auctions. We obtained 110 MHz on the 3.6 GHz band, which is the maximum, and this will enable us to provide our customers with the highest capacity to use or imagine the services of tomorrow. Network quality and customer experience are the pillars of sustainable development and will remain our priority. Orange Luxembourg, with the support of the Orange Group, is therefore definitively ready for 5G” says Corinne Lozé, CEO of Orange Luxembourg.
In France, Orange has announced several co-innovation projects with:
LACROIX Group, around the electronic factory of the future and technical management in buildings (the use of sensors to measure and control temperature, water and more in real time).
Schneider Electric, with indoor factory 5G coverage and augmented reality solutions for real-time maintenance operations.
Olympique de Marseille football club, to anticipate the future needs of spectators and businesses within the Orange Vélodrome.