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Speedcast gets 5G-ready with 4.9G private networking from Nokia

Speedcast delivers networking solutions for the mining industry and beyond.
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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."

Stephan Litjens, Nokia.

“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."

Chris Hill, Speedcast.

“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, drone surveillance, 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 on connected mining. 


Dan is a British journalist with 20 years of experience in the design and tech sectors, producing content for the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Dell and The Sunday Times. In 2012 he helped launch the world's number one design blog, Creative Bloq. Dan is now editor-in-chief at 5Gradar, where he oversees news, insight and reviews, providing an invaluable resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the key issues facing 5G.