Published on 23 March 2021

5G deployment: where are we in terms of 5G?

From joint pilots to first licences and commercial deployments: where are we in terms of 5G?



How do we ensure careful 5G deployment?

To complement our existing networks, 5G roll outs are underway, but only where there is a firm need and only once we’ve taken all societal considerations and concerns into account. For instance, we’re gradually deploying 5G antennas on our existing 4G sites in Europe, mainly in urban areas and special economic zones, depending on available frequencies and changes in use. At the same time, we’re continuing to extend 4G coverage across our operating countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The same is true for fibre and deploying our submarine cables or “information superhighways”.

Since 2020, we’ve been gradually rolling out our 5G antennas on 4G sites in areas where the network is in high demand (very densely populated areas for example). This significantly improves speeds for everyday outdoor use up to 2Gbps while enabling as many people as possible to stay connected.

By 2023, the 5G network core will also be accessible to the public network, improving performance further while allowing differentiated levels of service quality and security to meet the requirements of industry, connected vehicles, smart cities, e-health and more. 5G will support a greater number of connected devices within the Internet of Things (IoT*) to optimise industrial applications and processes, and enable greater reactivity to support real-time requirements such as online gaming, industrial robotics and ultimately self-driving connected cars.

* IoT allows devices on private internet connections to communicate with each other and the Internet of Things brings these networks together.


8 December, France

Orange opens a un 5G Lab in the heart of Orange Vélodrome’ site in Marseille (in French)

With the opening of this 5G Lab, Orange intends to make the Orange Velodrome a large-scale testing ground for the technological innovations promoted by the Group and its partners. The 5G Lab will be located in a 600 m2 space dedicated to start-ups, SMEs, large companies and local public administrations.


23 November, France

ArcelorMittal partners with Orange Business Services and Ericsson to launch the largest industrial 5G network in France: 5G Steel

ArcelorMittal France, Orange Business Services and Ericsson today announced the launch of 5G Steel to test 4G/5G connectivity at ArcelorMittal's industrial sites in France over the next three years. The French government supports this initiative as part of the France Recovery plan. The Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque, EasyMile and the Caisse des Dépôts are also among the project partners.




28 October, Europe

Orange participates in the 5GCroCo (Fifth Generation Cross-Border Control)project for a Seamless Connected and Automated Mobility in Europe

The objective of 5GCroCo is to validate key 5G technologies in challenging cross-border, cross-mobile-network-operator, cross-car-original-equipment-manufacturer, and cross-telco-vendor scenarios. The project concentrates in particular on cutting-edge technologies such as 5G New Radio, service continuity, Mobile Edge Computing/Cloud, end-to-end and predictive Quality-of-Service, network slicing, virtualization, network support for precise positioning, and security.


2 July, France

SNCF paves the way for industrial 5G in France

Building on the success of the first 5G test platform in Rennes Station since 2019, SNCF and its partners – Orange, Nokia and the Institut Mines-Telecom (IMT) – are announcing, alongside the Secretary of State Cédric O, a "5G Living Lab" devoted to industrial practices. Located in two Technicentres in Rennes, these platforms will extend the 5G tests in Rennes Station to support the modernization of the SNCF group's industrial entities and fast-track their transition to an ultra-high-speed wireless network.



19 March, France

Orange launches 5G in its first French port, Le Havre

It is the first major French seaport to benefit from the new 5G based on the 3.5 GHz mobile technology. With speeds up to 4 times faster than 4G, 5G will provide unprecedented quality of service to businesses in the industrial port area, but also allows new uses to be developed with increased security.


3 February, France

Orange announces the opening of nine Orange 5G Labs to enable economic players to bring 5G uses to life

The Orange 5G Labs initiative aims to help economic players to better understand the opportunities, value and utility of 5G. There, they will be able to test their current solutions and services and think about new uses while taking advantage of an ecosystem to co-innovate and already start changing their business model and processes.






26 November, France

Orange launches its 5G network by making quality of service its priority

Orange announces the launch of its 5G network in 15 French municipalities, as of 3 December, 2020, including Nice, Marseille, Le Mans, Angers and Clermont Ferrand. By the end of the year, more than 160 municipalities will be covered with 5G.

Discover where we already offer 5G in France and where we will be extending our coverage in the coming weeks or months (in French).


23 November, Luxembourg

Orange is launching its 5G network along with a customer support programme (in French)

After confirming in October the evolution of its mobile plans to '5G Ready' without increasing the price for customers, Orange has announced the deployment of its 5G network in Luxembourg along with a customer information and demonstration campaign.



1st October, France

Orange wins the broadest range of frequencies in France’s 5G auction

With 90 MHz, Orange is the French operator with the broadest range of 5G frequencies. Orange is therefore strengthening its position as the No. 1 operator with the largest portfolio of frequencies on the French market.

Stéphane Richard, Orange CEO, said: “With these auctions, we have just taken an essential step forward in making the networks of the future a reality. We are very satisfied with the way this auction process went; the result is well balanced and encourages operators to invest. With 90 MHz of 5G spectrum, Orange will be able to consolidate its leadership in mobile networks and will develop an efficient 5G network, a guarantee of attractiveness and competitiveness in France.”


28 September, France

Three innovative 5G demos at Roland Garros

Streaming of multiple video streams over 5G with OPPO: spectators can choose different viewing angles to feel closer to the action. Through OPPO’s Find X2 Pro flagship smartphone connected over 5G, visitors will enjoy an enriched experience through high definition video streaming and a choice of viewing options. Live interview captured and aired over 5G by France Télévisions: this is a great example of what 5G will offer to enable a live broadcast with very low latency to support this type of use. 360° video capture and broadcast via 5G: immersive 360° video capture and streaming via the OPPO Find X2 Pro smartphone to follow live matches from the Suzanne-Lenglen court.




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.


7 September, France

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.



Summer, Spain

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.


August, Roumania

Bucharest becomes the first city in Romania to benefit from 100% 5G coverage on the Orange network.



24 July, Luxembourg

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.


1st July, Poland

Launch of #hello 5G, first step ahead of 5G frequency auctions.

With #hello5G, Orange Poland has launched 5G-style services to 6 million customers in close to 400 cities.






December 2019-January 2020, Belgium

Industry 4.0 Campus covered by 5G (2019).

In December 2019, Orange announced the launch of an Industry 4.0 Campus based on a 100% 5G test network deployed in the Antwerp port area.


End of 2019, Roumania

Orange contributes to several co-innovation projects.

Including a partnership with Continental to equip trucks travelling in convoys to optimise and secure road transport.





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