Orange France (ORA) is proud to be part of the H2020 5G-TOURS project, enabling innovative 5G usage to its clients, and creating new opportunities for businesses curious on how to leverage 5G for their day to day operations.

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators who is present in 29 countries. The Group has a total customer base of 250 million customers worldwide at 30 June 2016, including 189 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. Orange’s R&D division is close to 8000 researchers, engineers, designers, developers, data scientists, sociologists, graphic designers, marketers, cybersecurity experts working to develop the solutions of the future, in all areas of digital transformation. As part of the open innovation strategy, Orange is also deeply involved in European and National collaborative programs, research partnerships with academics and industrial partners, and helps shaping the future by being active in the areas related to teaching and training.

Orange is the work package leader for Safe City use cases. In collaboration with its local partners in the city of Rennes and its close vicinity, Orange is actively helping deploy the IT and telecommunication infrastructure that will help deploy a state of the art Millimeter Wave 5G network to support Safe City use cases. Orange in 5G-TOURS as a site manager for the Safe City node in Rennes, helps create a Hospital-centric 5G vertical ecosystem, where the focus of the technologies deployed is being at the service of the patients and the rapid care in case of emergencies. In this context, Orange is actively engaged in two use cases of Safe City. A 5G outdoor deployment with the “Teleguidance for diagnostics and intervention support” in which the patient is prepared for admission at the hospital by the first responders using 5G connected technologies from our partners. The second use case is the “Wireless operating room” that aims at delivering a new paradigm for operating theatre usage, including Augmented Assisted Surgery, synchronous multiple video sources and enhanced surgeon feedback for Image Guided surgeries.

Orange is also actively involved in the other work packages in an effort to ensure a coherent contribution of the Safe City use cases. WP2 activities, for instance, that help derive the technical requirements in terms of slices definition have proved useful to ensure that the vertical requirements in the use cases are defined in a language that complies with the 3GPP/GSMA standard. WP3 activities are complementary to the WP2 and WP5 activities and help define the network infrastructure to be deployed in a coherent framework attached to the 5GEVE platform that Orange built with its partners in the French site.

Orange believes that the effective collaboration with its partners in 5G-TOURS will open the way to innovative uses of the 5G technology useful to its clients, and show new business opportunities that verticals from the healthcare industry will use to improve their daily operations.