Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 42.3 billion euros in 2020 and 137,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2021, including 79,000 employees in France. The Group has a total customer base of 266 million customers worldwide at 30 September 2021, including 222 million mobile customers and 22 million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies under the brand Orange Business Services.

A global research and innovation network

Orange’s researchers explore technological breakthroughs, new uses and innovative business models. We invent the technologies required to deploy the networks and services of the future in a world that is fully Digital and Human. We are now the primary private-sector player in digital technology research in France.
Orange is developing open and influential research that sets us apart in order to :
  • shine a light on the future, identify risks and failures, explore and build opportunities, influence our ecosystems,
  • build strategic assets, skills, intellectual property, standards, partnerships,
  • fuel innovation for our products and services and improve the effectiveness of our infrastructure.

Areas of research

Digital Emerging
Digital Society
Decision &
Home &
Trust, Security &

What resources underpin our research?

  • 716 Orange researchers including 132 doctoral/post-doctoral staff with various skills (engineers, technicians, designers, sociologists, developers, etc.).
  • Leading European operator for patent filings with 204 new inventions protected in 2021.
  • A network of over 150 industrial and academic players with cutting-edge research centres, labotories, academia, industry… and participation in more than 58 cooperative research programs, with french, european or global players.
  • Orange is involved in 7 competitivity clusters, The Institute of Research and Technology B<>Com, 3 joint laboratories with Nice University, INRIA and Grenoble-Alpes University, and 5 academic chairs.
  • 140 scientific publications per year, recognition from researchers across the globe in journals and international conferences.
  • 9,153 patents and patent applications protect Orange innovations. Orange is ranked 11th in the INPI ranking of French applicants published in 2021.
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