Conquering the connected territory
A connected territory is better able to develop. It is with this conviction that Orange undertakes to develop the fixed and mobile networks across all the territories, in an equitable manner.
The network: a condition for local development
For the territories, whether urban or rural, the installation of an efficient network allows reliable access to essential services: Internet, TV, mobile devices, etc. It represents a key driver of development in the territory, as
Delphine Balleyguier, Head of Communications for the Regional Authorities Relations Department at Orange explains: “Connecting a rural territory makes it more attractive for its inhabitants, for tourism and for businesses”.
For individuals, the connection enables them to communicate and to access a wide range of services (government services, online shopping, etc.) in territories where infrastructure and shops are less easily accessible.
For businesses within the territory, the connection is also essential: efficient and reliable Internet access is indispensable for business development and continuity. It’s also is a decisive criterion when selecting a business location.
Connected territories, here we come!
In order to ensure balanced and equitable development for the 36,000 French communes, Orange has made total connectivity one of its strategic goals. “In the ‘Orange connected territories’ program, our priority focus is fixed very high speed fiber optic broadband, for which we are the leading operator, and 4G for mobile internet”.
Seeking to improve connectivity in rural areas with no coverage, Orange is working with local authorities to:
- support their digital development projects with FTTN (Fiber to the Node), which quickly and significantly improves broadband speed in the homes with the slowest ADSL connections;
- deploy fiber broadband (FTTH) in homes, businesses and public sites. A joint approach with the territorial authorities. Auvergne, Brittany, Dax, Le Plateau de Saclay, Laval, la Manche and Pau are taking part in a FTTH acceleration program;
- propose a Femtocell solution that enables mobile coverage to be improved within buildings.
Connected territories goals: some figures
- 12 million residences connected to Fiber broadband between now and 2018, and 20 million by 2022
- 1 million additional homes connected to Fiber broadband in 2017, and 2.5 million by 2019
- 100% of town centers connected to 3G between now and 2020
- + 2.3 million people connected to 4G in 2016.
As a long-established operator, Orange has strong local roots. Thus, its 30 regional offices are important points of contact for the territorial authorities, and get actively involved in community life.
Orange’s 15,000 colleagues, together with the territorial authorities, enable it to deploy local networks under the best conditions.
Internationally, Orange has expanded its operations in order to help develop the territories, particularly in Africa. The challenge: to cover a vast territory, which has very mixed population density and includes areas that are difficult to access. The sheer number of constraints requires the use of innovative solutions to ensure an optimal connection.
For example, Orange takes part in the Facebook Open Connectivity project. Developed with the world’s leading social network, this open innovation project aims to make network infrastructures available at the lowest possible cost. Ultimately, the objective is to offer access to the Internet to as many people as possible, without cost being a constraint.