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.
France, 3 February 2021 : 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.
France, 26 November 2020: 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.
Luxembourg, 23 November 2020: 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.
France, 1st October 2020 : 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.”
France, 28 September 2020: 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.
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.
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.
Poland, 1 July 2020: 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.