Ericsson has been selected by Groupe ADP, its subsidiary Hub One (an operator of digital technologies for businesses) and Air France to deploy a private mobile network covering Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget airports.
The 4/5G network will serve a professional ecosystem of more than 120,000 people who work at the three Paris airports every day, across about 1,000 companies of differing sizes and sectors.
Hub One will manage and set up the network on behalf of Groupe ADP and Air France. Ericsson’s technology will enable Hub One to comply with the new security obligations of France’s National Agency for Security of Information Systems.
The mobile network will be effective across all outdoor spaces at the airports by the end of 2020 and indoors across all public and reserved areas for professionals working at the terminals by the end of 2021.
Guillaume de Lavallade, CEO, Hub One, says: “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.”
Åsa Tamsons, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies and New Businesses, Ericsson, says: “Anyone who has ever been to 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.”
Edward Arkwright, Executive Director General of Groupe ADP and President of Hub One, says: “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 and pave in the best way the resumption of air traffic.”
Jean-Christophe Lalanne, Executive Vice President, Information Technology, Air France-KLM group, says: “Air France is delighted with this major partnership with Groupe ADP and Hub One and its continued collaboration with Ericsson, who have 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.”
Groupe ADP develops and manages airports, including Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget. In 2019, more than 108 million passengers passed through Paris Aéroport. More than 2.2 million metric tons of freight and mail were processed via Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly.