French telecom company, Orange, along with Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia and Cisco as partners, has recently proclaimed about the 5G tests and trials to be taking place in Europe. It is alleged that the pilot 5G smartphones will be deployed by 2019 and a full-fledged commercial deployment by 2020.
The sites for the operator’s trials will be Linas-Montlhéry, Lille and Douai, also in Romania, which will be based on various use-cases. “5G is truly going to revolutionise usages,” as said by Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Executive Director of Innovation, Marketing and Technologies at Orange.
The use-cases are enormously built on three prongs of the Orange 5G vision: high-speed mobile broadband, high-speed fixed broadband access and new applications to support the digital transformation of businesses.
The company will be working with Ericsson to equip Linas-Montlhéry with basic 5G components for vehicles that are self-driven. For this the team will take help of vehicle certification business UTAC Ceram. Other than this, the area is also sought to be centrally empowered with 4G+ connectivity.
In Lille and Douai, Orange along with Ericsson is trying to place a test network for the explosion in media. The french company, Arcep, has been approached to lay the foundation of this idea which is reportedly going to be active from early 2019.
Orange will use 700MHz band as well as frequencies in the 3.4-3.8GHz range for the tests, which the company already has in some parts of France .
“It will enable mobile broadband speed up to 10 times faster than 4G, provide very high speed fixed access and will make possible new services that we are now starting to design and test with our partners,” added Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière.
Lastly, partnering with Samsung and Cisco, the team will examine the possible alternatives that could allow 5G access to be made to citizens residing in Romania where fibre line has not been laid. This will mount as a substitute to FTTH service and is believed to be catered to the customers by the late 2018.