ArcelorMittal France has announced the operational launch of 5G Steel, the 'largest 4G/5G network in the industrial environment', with Orange Business Services and Ericsson.

The initiative, supported by the French government as part of the France Relance economy revival plan, is now enabling the first industrial use cases to be implemented at the ArcelorMittal site in Dunkerque.

According to ArcelorMittal, the industrial use of 5G Steel allows data collection, entry and sharing operations to be done more quickly and intuitively on the hot strip rolling mill with the help of tablets. Further to this, ArcelorMittal's recycled steel yard management is now facilitated by the networks' coverage and high throughput, with data being collected then automatically transmitted by operators in charge of quality control via 5G Steel.

Currently deployed on the ArcelorMittal sites in Dunkerque and Mardyck (Northern France), 5G Steel will be extended to other sites in 2023.

5G Steel will cover the main seaport of Dunkerque and ArcelorMittal's Digital Labs in Dunkerque and Florange, and tests are being carried out to extend the network to the Hauts-de-France and Grand Est regions.

“ArcelorMittal, a leader in the digitalization of the steel industry, is transforming the way it works.''

David Glijer, director of digital transformation, ArcelorMittal France

David Glijer, director of digital transformation at ArcelorMittal France, commented: “ArcelorMittal, a leader in the digitalization of the steel industry, is transforming the way it works. Industry 4.0 technologies improve the reliability, operator safety and comfort, productivity, and quality in all our factories. Today, the contribution of 5G is key with these use cases.”