Published on 02 February 2021, updated on 07 February 2022

Much more than just gigabits: the promises of 5G

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.



The most innovative thing about 5G is what we'll do with it

In our European 5G campaign, children go on a pretend class trip to a museum, where almost anything is possible. The children are at that spontaneous age where they can interact fully with the museum, exhibits and works of art. Thanks to 5G, children can discover the museum as if they were actually there, enjoying a fun and immersive experience.

Indeed, education is just one of the many areas benefitting from 5G, as our press and digital campaigns illustrate. Orange also shows the benefits 5G brings to B2B and B2C customers in areas such as education, health, industry, smart cities, transport and entertainment.



5G and e-learning, a gagnant duo


E-learning is developing as a strong resource alongside traditional education and training solutions. Several pilots have shown that new technologies can strengthen the impact of teaching, in particular HD video, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. 5G plays a central role in terms of the enhanced connectivity needed to deliver this new blended learning ecosystem within schools, universities and business campuses.

All of these technologies supported by 5G have opened up huge possibilities in the world of vocational training as they can now interact in a simple and reliable way.   
5G offers even greater advantages to VR and AR when used on smartphones, tablets and connected headphones because these applications can be delivered in a mobile context with the same speed and low latency offered by a fixed fibre network.
And 5G will offer exclusive advantages to students and teachers, in their various home and work settings, as well as on the move.  



How will 5G impact e-health and connected medicine? 

Reliable and ultra-fast, 5G will accelerate the development of predictive medicine, telemedicine, virtual consultations and home healthcare services. It will play a central role in how medical data is shared between healthcare professionals and connected equipment. It will also help advance the technologies that underpin future medicine and surgery such as loT, AI, Edge Computing, real-time video and Augmented Reality.

As Eric Pieuchot, in charge of the Operations and Transformation Department of Enovacom emphasised: “We’re going to move from curative medicine to predictive medicine, while preserving the human relationships that are so essential to this profession.”

True to our commitment to responsible and useful digital innovation, we’re a major player in the development of e-health, telemedicine and remote consultations.  



Games, matches and events: how will 5G be at the heart of the action?

5G sport

5G is pushing the boundaries of live action for fans, spectators and gamers alike. The stadium can come alive once more thanks to multi-view capture, Virtual Reality apps and additional contextual, immersive and exclusive content.

Whether at the venue or watching remotely, audiences can enjoy a front row experience. 

5G will enable a greater number of enhanced experiences, which you can discover through our trials at the Orange Vélodrome stadium in Marseille, at Roland Garros and soon at the 2024 Paris Olympics, a prime location for showcasing 5G sporting innovation.

Orange partners with Fisheye for the Grand Palais Augmented exhibition.
5G, combined with augmented reality and virtual reality technologies, will unleash artistic creativity.

palais augmenté



How will 5G help drive Industry 4.0, the new industrial revolution?

From 2023, 5G network developments will herald a new era for manufacturing and industry through the simultaneous transmission of massive data. We’re working with industry partners and major tech companies to design and build a whole range of innovative applications for the sector, made possible thanks to 5G.

Industry 4.0 is the digital reinvention of all links of the industrial value chain: from innovation to customer relationships or logistics. Thanks to AI (Artificial Intelligence), Edge Computing and IoT (Internet of Things), machines are learning. Maintenance can become predictive and technicians can use augmented reality as a valuable tool to navigate massive factories for inventory, inspections and other tasks.

In addition to the networks already in place, 5G is a complementary network that provides the enhanced connectivity needed to power the factory of the future. 

Find out more about our pilot of the experimentation of Schneider electric, the first  factory in France to trial industrial 5G uses with Orange.

Orange and Schneider Electric



How will 5G contribute to smart cities and the green transition?

Within smart cities, the 5G network will make it easier for people to travel around, regulate energy consumption and offer a host of new services to residents.

Sensors and equipment installed in urban networks and buildings can exchange data in real time. Data analysis and AI algorithms help authorities make decisions that improve life for end users. New services and uses are also emerging in the fields of mobility and IoT (LTE-M, LoRa, and soon 5G).

With 5G, we’re building a network that will adapt to rapid urbanisation, while offering greater security and energy efficiency, in keeping with the green transition.



How will 5G benefit connected vehicles and sustainable transport?

5G transport

Development in the field of connected cars and autonomous vehicles opens up new paths for optimising entire transport networks and introducing shared mobility strategies.

From cars to bikes, trains and lorries, 5G applications cover a wide range of vehicles, particularly when it comes to developing sustainable transport networks, shared mobility and smart cities. 5G allows for the real-time collection and processing of massive amounts of data from vehicles and infrastructure. Users will also benefit, as the time previously spent travelling by car is no longer wasted as commuters can access services and enjoy optimised end-to-end travel while avoiding emergency braking, risks of collision and unnecessary energy wastage.

Orange is firmly committed to developing key partnerships and pilot tests in the area of connected cars, autonomous vehicles and sustainable urban mobility.  

Discover the experiments carried out on the road, in border areas, by Orange and the partners of the European project 5GCroCo, for a more cooperative, connected and automated mobility.



Orange 5G Lab, the path of the new uses of 5G

Orange has launched a system to support economic players in their 5G innovation approach with the opening in 2021 of a genuine network of Orange 5G Lab areas in France and abroad.

Companies, start-ups and local authorities can discover the opportunities offered by 5G, test their current solutions and services in order to anticipate developments, confirm the benefits of Orange's 5G on their business environments and anticipate new uses.



5G, the new generation very high-speed network

The more powerful, intelligent and flexible 5G network will complement and modernise existing networks. Already deployed in several territories, 5G is essential for the competitiveness of countries by opening up the prospect of new uses for businesses and the general public.

It brings benefits in areas such as health, industry, smart cities, transport, education and entertainment.

5G is also a real lever of differentiation for companies in a context of strong international competition. Because it will be 10 times more energy efficient than 4G by 2025, 5G and digital will make a positive contribution to the environmental transition of businesses and society.


How does 5G contribute positively to environmental transition?





The impact of 5G on the economy, employment and emissions in 2030


The main insights from the OMDIA report.


Some questions

Our role, as a trusted operator, is to shed a well-argued light on the questions that everyone is asking about new technologies.

11 definitions to understand 5G terms

5G and radio waves
Orange complies with all regulations in force when it comes to 5G and radio waves, having already applied them for previous generations of networks.

As with any new technology, 5G has raised its fair share of questions and concerns. To understand more, we’ve examined five misconceptions surrounding this new generation of very high speed network. Here are our findings.

5G : 5 myths examined more closely


do we really need it?



5G is mandatory in order to maintain the quality of the networks and support the development of current and future uses.

will new antennas be everywhere?


5G is mainly being deployed on our existing sites. Later, local needs may require a few additional antennas.

and what do we do with Fibre and 4G?


5G will complete and modernise existing networks: 4G and Fibre. Very high speed broadband is progressing everywhere to reduce the digital divide.


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