Speedcast, a communications and IT services provider – which works in sectors such as maritime, energy, and mining – has announced a long-term agreement with Nokia to deploy its industrial-grade private wireless solutions globally via the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC).
Despite not being fully 5G, Nokia will provide a private LTE/4.9G solution, which will enable new 5G use cases such as smart manufacturing, predictive maintenance, remote operations, and machine-to-machine communication.
With 4.9G, radio latency can be reduced to 2ms, which is fast enough for assisted driving at very high speeds, and also enables mobile edge computing. 4.9G can also co-exist with new 5G technology, and can provide a customer experience as close as possible to 5G, in areas that don’t currently have the necessary infrastructure in place.
“Nokia Digital Automation Cloud meets stringent requirements across multiple industries to deliver network coverage, capacity, mobility, reliability, quality of service and security, while connecting a wide variety of devices,” said Stephan Litjens, general manager of digital automation at Nokia. “By integrating with Speedcast we can significantly improve local connectivity in remote locations.”
Industrial private networks
Through this new collaboration, Speedcast is providing remote backhaul, data and voice connectivity to enterprise customers, covering areas up to a radius of 30km and supporting hundreds of users from a single cell.
“Nokia Digital Automation Cloud is a plug-and-play platform optimized for low latency and ultra-reliability, which are critical factors for remote communications,” said Chris Hill, chief technology officer at Speedcast. “Bringing this technology to our customers’ remote sites will enable the use of bandwidth-intensive and low-latency solutions such as CCTV video analytics, surveillance with 5G drones, and personnel push to video applications. This is a game-changer for customers who need to keep personnel safe and operations running efficiently in hard-to-reach locations such as the Energy and Mining sectors.”
Nokia’s 5G-ready Digital Automation Platform enables industrial-grade high-bandwidth private wireless networks – both outdoors and deep indoors – to increase efficiency and productivity for industry verticals,, as well as large enterprise compounds outside of standard cellular connectivity.
To learn more about Speedcast solutions for Mining with the Nokia private LTE/4.9G solution, you can now download a free white paper (opens in new tab) on connected mining.