Tour de France sponsor for 15 years, Orange has revealed the technology it will be providing for this year’s event. The company provides the organisers and media with telecommunications solutions for the entire duration of the Tour de France to ensure that the event runs smoothly and that it can be broadcast worldwide. It also offers a system to allow fans to follow the highlights of the competition in realtime.
This year’s Tour de France will pass through 23 towns with 4G coverage, allowing Orange customers on a 4G/H+ tariff with a compatible smartphone to share their photos and videos.
The event is scheduled for 5-27 July and includes 21 stages. Orange will be providing technology including a fibre optic network at all welcome sites; 21 international Gigabit Ethernet circuits constructed between England and France; four complex service sites; storage of technical databases on the Orange Cloud. It will also install Livebox Play in the press room and technical area with ADSL, VDSL and FTTH; and supply six official cars, each equipped with a WiFi on-board system.
Cycling fans can follow live each of the stages directly on their PCs via the Orange portal. In partnership with the ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation), Orange is also the provider of the official Tour de France application, allowing users to view all the latest information on the race directly and in realtime, including the intervals between competitors, the rankings and the results. Both a free and premium version are available.
Main image: Rodolphe Escher, Abacapress.com pour Orange