Orange announces strategic initiatives to improve mobile technology capabilities across Europe


Orange has announced new commercial capacities which have enabled it to strengthen its presence as a leader in telecommunications in Europe. The tech giant has launched TOTEM, its TowerCo. European Union, which will enable it to enhance its passive mobile infrastructure. The company also announced its participation in the 5GCroCo project – contribute to consolidating Europe’s leading role in 5G technology.

Orange has announced the operational launch of TOTEM, its European TowerCo. TOTEM, 100% owned by Orange SA, is now operational. Its creation will enable Orange to strengthen its position as manager and operator of passive mobile infrastructures and to benefit from new growth drivers. Its management and operation will be completely independent following the transfer of all the key assets of the passive mobile infrastructure (sites, land, leases and leases to third parties) to TOTEM.

Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange, said: “The operational launch of TOTEM is an important step in our European infrastructure strategy. The creation of this entity will allow us to enhance our passive mobile infrastructure, for which we have exceptional operational expertise. By opening these assets to other operators, we will optimize its use. We are determined to support TOTEM both strategically and financially, to make it an undisputed leader on the European market and to keep control of this strategic asset as part of a long-term industrial vision. By maintaining control of our infrastructure, we have made a critical decision for our future growth. “

Nicolas Roy, CEO of the TOTEM Group, declared: “First launched in France and Spain, TOTEM has become a new player in regional development in Europe. TOTEM will create value for all stakeholders – operators, property owners and players, local authorities, businesses – thanks to its connectivity and equipment pooling solutions. TOTEM’s teams will rely on the excellence of its mobile infrastructure and a deep understanding of its customers’ needs to develop connectivity services everywhere, in rural and urban areas.

A European ambition

TOTEM aims to become a leader in the European TowerCo market.

As of November 1, 2021, TOTEM’s passive mobile infrastructure portfolio includes more than 26,000 sites in France and Spain, the two largest countries where Orange is present. TOTEM France will manage 18,500 macro-sites with a mix of 58% tower sites, 30% flat roofs and 12% in other locations. TOTEM Spain will manage 7,900 macro-sites, divided equally between the sites of the towers and the flat roofs.

When it was launched, TOTEM had around one hundred employees in France based in seven cities (Lille, Nantes, Toulouse, Marseille, Paris, Lyon, Donges), around fifty employees in Spain based in eight cities and around twenty people working for TOTEM .

After France and Spain, TOTEM will study the option of integrating other European passive mobile infrastructure assets from Orange that could create value.

Network sharing

As a neutral and independent actor, TOTEM:

  • Provide operators with mobile infrastructure sharing offers;
  • Will sell coverage solutions to improve connectivity in dense and enclosed environments: stadiums, metro stations, trains, offices, etc.

Strategic assets to improve the value of the portfolio

TOTEM is well positioned to capitalize on the value of its passive mobile infrastructure by leveraging:

  • A portfolio of assets with proven operational excellence;
  • Significant expertise of the team;
  • An in-depth understanding of the digital needs and uses of operators and their customers;
  • A recognized role as an advisor and supplier of solutions for the construction and maintenance of networks;
  • A solid and long-standing relationship with the owners;
  • The use of sustainable energy sources

Neutral and independent management

A neutral player in the TowerCo market, TOTEM has all the skills necessary internally to manage the operations of its tenants and deploy new infrastructures (‘build-to-suit’ construction programs and turnkey deployments).

Mobile infrastructure is a totem pole of our digital civilization, providing connectivity solutions for everyone, everywhere, in rural and urban areas. TOTEM’s mission is to bring together all the stakeholders – operators, local communities, institutions, businesses and donors – to meet the growing demand for connectivity and contribute to shared growth and development.

Along with the launch of TOTEM, Orange announced its participation in the 5GCroCo project for transparent connected and automated mobility in Europe.

The 5GCroCo project demonstrates seamless Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) services made possible by 5G technologies in France, Germany and Luxembourg.

5GCroCo (Fifth Generation Cross-Border Control) is a European innovation action of 17 million euros officially launched on November 1, 2018, with the objective of carrying out tests and trials of 5G connectivity for the road environment in scenarios real. On October 21, 2021, 5GCroCo demonstrated three use cases in the areas of corridors that connect the cities of Metz-Merzig-Luxembourg in France, Germany and Luxembourg, crossing three countries, two borders.

The objective of 5GCroCo is to validate key 5G technologies in cross-border, inter-mobile network operator, inter-car-original equipment and inter-telecommunications supplier scenarios. The project focuses in particular on cutting-edge technologies such as new 5G radio, service continuity, Edge Computing / mobile cloud, end-to-end and predictive quality of service, network slicing, virtualization, network support for precise positioning, and Security.

In addition, 5GCroCo explores innovative business models. It will help define the spectrum policy and regulation needed to ensure the success of 5G for Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) services. The impact of 5GCroCo is also present at the level of standardization both for the telecom and automotive industries (3GPP, ISO, etc.). 5GCroCo thus contributes to the consolidation of Europe’s leading role in 5G technology, paving the way for the commercial deployment of 5G for CAM in Europe and around the world.

The results obtained so far in the project and across the three use cases show that cross-border transfer / mobile network operator works transparently and that the use of 5G networks is essential to reduce end latency. end, which is critical in CAM applications, such as those investigated in 5GCroCo use cases. Additionally, additional results show that with mobile edge computing / cloud technology, more stable lead times can be achieved than when relying on the public internet for application hosting. In addition, a significant increase in transmission speeds was measured in 5GCroCo tests and trials.

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