On the road to 5G

In the 2020s, the 5th generation (5G) of mobile networks will connect tens of billions of objects of unprecedented diversity: factories, cars, glasses, medical devices, etc. Already today, the work around 5G is gathering momentum: here are some very significant examples.

In November 2016, Orange achieved two major milestones: the inauguration of an anechoic test chamber in partnership with the CNRS [the French National Scientific Research Centre] and Université Nice Sophia Antipolis. Followed by the receipt of a prize from the ANR rewarding a multi-stakeholder research project (of which Orange is the owner) launched in 2011.

The anechoic chamber: an essential device

The last November 4, an anechoic chamber in partnership with LEAT [French Laboratory of Electronics, Antennas and Telecommunications] has been inaugurated at Sophia Antipolis. This state-of-the-art tool enables the performance of antenna solutions to be assessed for future 5G mobile networks and the Internet of Things.  At the inauguration, Nicolas Demassieux, Senior Vice-Président, Orange Research Labs, stated: “It represents the fruition of the very important collaboration between Orange, the university and the CNRS to develop the antennas of the future and to facilitate the advent of the Internet of Things”.

The anechoic chamber enables the performance of antenna systems to be analyzed in an environment free of reflective obstacles and disruptive external signals, in a very large range of frequencies (600 MHz to 110 GHz). Which is key to preparing for the 5G networks of the future!


Trimaran: a revolutionary project

The last November 17 the ANR “Economic Impact” prize is awarded to the Trimaran multi-stakeholder research project owned by Orange. This research project lead to the development of the 5G platform that was presented at the Mobile World Congress in 2016. Since 2010, researchers at Orange have anticipated the potential of revolutionary energy-efficient transmission technologies for 5G, based on “smart” relay-antennas.

They gathered together partners from the TRIMARAN consortium to overcome obstacles together and to produce major innovations. Together, the project partners hold more than 20 patents on Time Reversal Signal Processing and miniature antennas (Orange has 14, ATOS has 4, Institut Langevin has 4 and INSA-Rennes has 3).

Dinh-Thuy PHAN HUY, ingénieure de recherche chez Orange récompensée par l'ANR
Trimaran: is a collaborative research project for the mobile networks of the future - which will be green!...
Dinh-Thuy PHAN HUY, Research engineer at Orange awarded by the ANR