A raft of networking innovations have been announced by French telecoms operator Orange at the MWC 2022 event in Barcelona.
Orange said its aim has been to showcase the importance of next gen networks in areas like work, learning, communication, and accessing entertainment. Orange said it has opened several Orange 5G Labs in the last few months, enabling European companies to test and develop future 5G applications. It also said it is committed to becoming net zero carbon by 2040, and that network innovation will be a key contributing factor.
The use cases on show in Barcelona that illustrate how networks can transform lives and support business transformation include the following:
- In collaboration with Polyptik, the creator of the Vrombr concept, Orange has been demonstrating a car race on a scale model circuit showing the future possibilities of 5G from the driving seat. Each participant is equipped with a smartphone connected to Orange Spain’s 5G commercial network to remotely control a 1:10 model vehicle on a 40-meter-long circuit at the Orange 5G Lab in Châtillon on the outskirts of Paris. The vehicles are equipped with 5G SIM cards connected to Orange’s 5G commercial network in France. Using a mobile app, players have been able to try to achieve the best score, from the Barcelona stand.
- Orange has also allowed visitors to control a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) submerged in the Oceanogràfic aquarium in Valencia from the stand at MWC, using 5G’s ultra-reliable low latency and superfast mobile broadband. A user, located on the Orange stand, more than 400 km away from Oceanogràfic, can remotely control the underwater drone using hand movements. These hand movements, converted into signals and sent to the drone in real time via the 5G network, can control and drive the drone inside the aquarium.
- As part of Orange’s goal to achieve net zero carbon by 2040, the Group has launched OSCAR (Orange Sustainable and Circular Ambition for Recertification), to promote the circular economy within its network operations. Visitors have been able to discover the role played by the OSCAR program in helping to develop a circular economy for Orange’s IT and network equipment: the new terms for selecting suppliers, purchasing refurbished equipment, reusing modules, and extending the lifecycle of equipment.
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