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Orange to provide 6,300 hours of Tour de France coverage

Company reveals its key stats ahead of Saturday's Grand départ

Orange will provide 6,300 hours of coverage of this year’s Tour de France to 190 countries worldwide.

The company has revealed the key stats behind its partnership with the race, ahead of this year’s start on Saturday.

Orange has been working with the the Tour for over 20 years. During the three-week race covering some 3,351 km, more than 70 Orange experts and technicians will be mobilised to meet the network needs of the demanding event.

Key stats include:

  • 3 semi-trailers
  • 12 tonnes of equipment
  • 25 km of cables for communication solutions
  • 24 antennas to reinforce the mobile network coverage
  • 450 back office technicians
  • 6 PABX, 3 ISAM and 8 Wi-Fi networks at the end of each stage
  • 220 km of optical fibre cables up to the finish line
  • 500 temporary phone lines
  • More than 6,300 hours of broadcasting in nearly 190 countries around the world
  • 1.4 million minutes of internet connections throughout the race

As well as the Wi-Fi in the technical areas and at each finish line, the Orange teams will perform Li-Fi demonstrations – a wireless optical network to transmit data via LED for a more secure, faster and more environmentally-friendly connection.

Orange is also demonstrating virtual reality in the fan parks allowing fans to experience the famous series of downhill hairpin bends at Montvernier on the bike of former Tour de France yellow jersey Charly Mottet.