Orange to provide 4G for Roland Garros for 3 more years

PARIS, 27-5-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — Orange is an official supplier to Roland Garros for the 10th year in a row, and will be making the very best of 4G technology available for tennis fans during the event, which is scheduled to run from 25 May to 8 June.

As a  provider of telecommunications solutions for major sports events, Orange  has signed up for the next 3 years of Roland Garros.This  sponsorship provides an opportunity for Orange to show off its services  and the latest cutting-edge developments, including ultra-broadband with  4G and fibre technology.

Orange 4G will be available to spectators throughout the Roland Garros tournament grounds.

Orange  will also be offering demonstrations of various services using  4G/Broadband and fibre for the general public on its stand in the Place  des Mousquetaires: visitors will be able try out the Orange Block (a  new, connected audio-video projector), see demonstrations of the Cloud,  discover the connected devices store, access delayed coverage by France  Télévisons using Fibre, see 3D printing and watch television via the  Orange TV application on tablet.

Visitors will also be able to  use a free-of-charge Wi-Fi connection at the Orange stand and post on  the Orange social wall through through social media like Twitter,  Instagram, Vine and Google Plus with the #RG14 and #Orange hashtags.  All of these messages will then be displayed at regular intervals on the  giant screens around the tournament grounds. Visitors will be able to  take photographs of themselves at the foot of the photo call area and  send them to the interactive “tennis ball” fresco, a dynamic photo  mosaic, at 4G speed. The fresco will be shown three times a day on the  official Roland-Garros screens.

New in 2014: Orange and Peugeot  are joining forces to offer an on-board  internet connection to all  passengers riding in the 170 vehicles of  the official Roland Garros.  Thanks to the 4G coverage provided by  Orange, the on-board 4G domino  will enable passengers, players, the  media and VIPs to get online using  the domino’s Wi-Fi connection to  access the 4G network. This service  will allow them to stay connected  wherever they are so that they can  access their favourite content.  Orange will be inviting the passengers  to take part in the  “#selfieRG14” campaign, which consists of taking a  photo in the vehicle  and sharing it with as many people as possible on  social media using  the #selfieRG14 hashtag.

The French Tennis  Federation and France  Télévisions are joining with Orange to inaugurate  4G multicast, the  best of 4G technology for broadcast, for Roland Garros  2014

4G  networks will optimise multi-media, high definition content  broadcasts  on mobile. Broadcasting content using 4G multicast technology  makes it  possible to offer the perfect video experience to all  customers, even  at crowded venues like Roland Garros.

Orange is  making its  technology available to the French Tennis Federation and  France  Télévisions for this full scale test, which will be a first in  France.  Throughout the tournament, visitors to the France Télévisions Innovation Stand, located at the RG Lab, will be able to enjoy top   quality delayed coverage of Roland Garros by France Télévisions on compatible smartphones and tablets, thanks to 4G multicast technology   and the network deployed by Orange for the occasion.

This test, to be carried out during the fortnight of the tournament with the   technical assistance of Alcatel-Lucent, Expway, Media Excel, Qualcomm   Technologies Inc. and Sequans, will make Orange the first to demonstrate   that the technology works and is relevant. The fact that French companies are taking part, illustrates the excellence of French industry   when it comes to developing telecoms infrastructure as part of the “Souveraineté des Télécoms” plan, managed by Alcatel-Lucent for the new   industrialised France.

about Orange
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 41 billion euros in 2013 and has 164,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2014, including 101,000 employees in France. Present in 30 countries, the Group has a total customer base of more than 239 million customers at 31 March 2014, including 182 million mobile customers and 16 million fixed broadband customers worldwide. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services.

Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

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