Under a new collaboration agreement, Nokia and Orange will drive the definition and development of new services, with a focus on making the transition from 4G to 5G network connectivity efficiently in terms of power, operations, and cost effectiveness, and with high quality and reliability.

Furthermore, the companies plan to build on existing joint innovation programs, as well as work with other partners, to develop, trial and introduce solutions that will make 5G a commercial reality and drive digital transformation of vertical industries.

Alain Maloberti, senior vice president, Orange Labs Networks at Orange said: "In line with the Orange Essentials 2020 strategy, Orange places innovation at the heart of its drive to deliver an unmatched customer experience. Working with Nokia, we are preparing the evolution of our networks from 4G to 5G, with multiple services on a single infrastructure to deliver a quality tailored for each service requirement. Our new services will enhance people's lives and accelerate the digitisation of vertical industries."

Marc Rouanne, chief innovation and operating officer at Nokia, said: "With our breadth of Radio, IP and Optics technologies, and the expertise of Bell Labs, Nokia is proud to be assisting Orange in the introduction of 5G and the application of the Future X Network paradigm. Through this collaboration, we will test 5G applications for different industry segments and measure the benefits of extremely short latency and very high speeds. We are also delighted to be applying our world-class R&D expertise in Paris and Lannion in this project."