Orange announced that it will conduct new tests in Europe jointly with its technological and innovation partners as it prepares for the arrival of 5G.
Orange's 5G strategy is based on three components: improved high-speed mobile broadband, high-speed fixed broadband access and new applications to support the digital transformation of businesses. By 2020, tests related to these three areas will prepare both consumer and business customers for the arrival of 5G, said Orange.
With Ericsson's 5G equipment, Orange will launch France’s first ever end-to-end test in Lille and Douai in France between mid-2018 and mid-2019. Orange will also deploy an experimental mobile infrastructure to test the necessary 5G functionalities for autonomous vehicles in partnership with Ericsson and UTAC CERAM, a world leader in testing and certifying vehicles. This test network is planned to open in the autumn of 2018.
Orange will also conduct 5G tests for Fixed Wireless Access(FWA) under real conditions in Romania during the second half of 2018 with its partners Samsung and Cisco.
Orange has also announced a partnership with Nokia and Kathrein for the design of a smart antenna that manages 4G/5G connectivity. This type of antenna, which is currently in the prototype stage, will be compact enough to be installed on existing mobile towers.