Following the awarding by Arcep of professional band frequencies, Groupe ADP, its subsidiary Hub One, operator of digital technologies for businesses, and Air France, the leading French airline, teamed up with Ericsson, one of the world’s leaders in telecommunications, to help to develop a mobile broadband private network covering Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget airports.
The roll-out of this professional 4/5G network will also serve an ecosystem of over 120,000 employees, who work at the three Paris airports every day, at 1,000 companies of all sizes and sectors. It also represents a new major step in the digital transformation of the Paris airports.
Last January, Arcep (the French regulatory authority of electronic and postal services communications) had granted Hub One the authorization to operate 4G/5G professional band frequencies forten-years. The allocation of these band frequencies was part on an unprecedented tripartite partnership between Groupe ADP, Hub One and Air France, in order to roll-out a very high-speed mobile network at Paris Airports and thus offer new services to optimize the fluidity and security of critical operations and improve the customer experience.
Groupe ADP, Hub One and Air France had to rely on a trusted supplier allowing them to meet the current and future challenges of digital sovereignty and information security.
Their choice fell on the Swedish information and communications technology provider, Ericsson, thus confirming a long-standing collaboration. By calling on the European and international supplier of telecommunications equipment and services to develop their professional 4G/5G mobile network, Groupe ADP, Hub One and Air France are responding to the technological challenges of European sovereignty. As for Ericsson’s infrastructure, it offers an optimal level of security which will allow Hub One to comply with the new security obligations of ANSSI (National Agency for Security of Information Systems).
As a digital telecommunication operator, Hub One will manage and set up the network on behalf of Groupe ADP and Air France. At Paris airports, the deployment of this professional mobile network will be effective across all outdoor spaces by the end of 2020, and indoors across all public and reserved areas for professionals working at terminals by the end of 2021.
“Ericsson is a major player recognized for its expertise in telecommunications, with which we have been collaborating for several years. It seemed natural to us to call on Ericsson and take advantage of the technological innovation capabilities of a leading provider of 5G networks with more than 45 live mobile networks already deployed worldwide,” stated Guillaume de Lavallade, CEO of Hub One.
“Anyone who has ever been on an airport knows that security, reliability and speed are key to ensure a good travel experience. The digital transformation of airports represents a big opportunity and private 5G networks will enable and accelerate this transformation. We are pleased to collaborate with Groupe ADP, Hub One and Air France to future proof Paris airports with 5G ready networks delivering fast, secure and reliable wireless internet”, said Åsa Tamsons, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies and New Businesses, Ericsson.
“The development of Smart Airports actively continues to grow thanks to this new major step through the partnership between Air France and Hub One. The deployment of this professional mobile network will strengthen the performance and accelerate the digitalization of the 120,000 professionals daily at our Parisian airports ands and pave in the best way the resumption of air traffic”, said Edward Arkwright, Executive Director General of Groupe ADP and President of Hub One.
“Air France is delighted with this major partnership with Groupe ADP and Hub One and its continued collaboration with Ericsson, which has been with us since the experimental phase of this project. We are proud to be working together to set up this very high-speed private professional mobile network at the heart of the Paris airports. This innovative program is another way to improve our operational performance in order to meet the expectations of our customers and employees“, underlines Jean-Christophe Lalanne, Executive Vice President Information Technology of the Air France-KLM group.