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6G Summit
26 April 2023
Hotel Palace Berlin
26 April 2023
Hotel Palace Berlin


6G timelines, benefits, sustainability and more

Melina Diamantopoulou, Producer of the 6G Summit, speaks with Orange's Eric Hardouin, VP, Networks and Infrastructure Research to learn more about his current projects on network evolution towards the next generation of connectivity.  

Eric will be joining the panel 'Defining the need and timelines for a 6G network' at 6G Summit, 26 April, Berlin.


1. As VP, Networks and Infrastructures Research at Orange, what are the current projects you are working on in regards to network evolution towards the next generation of connectivity?

We are addressing future network technologies to be deployed in the 2030s, focusing on the following three priorities.

  • Firstly, how to bring value to society at large, including citizens, industries, large and small, and public services.
  • Secondly, how to design future networks to deliver this value, in a way that is sustainable, secure and resilient.
  • Finally, how to make a sustainable business with these. This involves investigating future use cases, and at the same time, identifying ways to assess their value to their future users, and of course, designing technical solutions to meet the diverse requirements that apply to future networks.

Defining a new technology is a collaborative effort therefore Orange is engaged in a number of initiatives shaping 6G. These include: collaborative research projects, particularly the Hexa-X and Hexa-X-II European Flagship projects, industry forums like NGMN, which provides guidance to the ecosystem from operators perspective, and the IOWN Global Forum which is aimed at defining the future of fixed networks.