Orange Group has selected suppliers for the rollout of 5G Standalone (SA) networks in its European markets. The company said in a press release: ‘5G SA brings increased performance in terms of uplink data rates for the end user and lower latency, and for businesses, it meets the need for flexible, scalable, reliable and secure connectivity for real-time uses. It will be possible to virtually slice the Orange 5G network (also known as “network slicing”), prioritise certain slices to cover critical uses or specific needs and offer different levels of quality and security.’ The group disclosed that it chose the following partners:
• Ericsson’s 5G SA core network: Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg and Poland
• Nokia’s 5G SA core network for France and Slovakia, and Nokia’s Subscriber Data Management for all countries
• Oracle Communications for 5G core signalling and routing in all countries.
Elsewhere, Orange has disclosed plans to shut down its 2G and 3G networks across Europe by 2030. The company said that the decommissioning of 2G and 3G networks will enable Orange customers to benefit from the latest user experience with improved network quality and resilience for all. Thanks to a progressive roadmap, this will be achieved with almost no impact for mobile users, whilst improving the end-to-end impact on the environment. The decommissioning of its 2G and 3G networks will take place in two phases: in France, where national 3G coverage is historically higher than 2G coverage, Orange will decommission its 2G network by the end of 2025, whilst 3G will be phased out by the end of 2028. For the other countries – Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain – 3G will be switched off by 2025 and the remaining legacy technologies (2G) will be phased out by 2030 depending on each subsidiary’s specific plans. The radio frequencies currently used for 2G and 3G will be used to improve the overall capacity and coverage of 4G and 5G networks both in urban and rural areas.