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Nokia private wireless networks drive digital transformation

Among the customers using the networks are public sector organisations and cities with use cases ranging from testing drones for tsunami evacuation alerts to building smarter ports.

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Ports are among the users of Nokia's private wireless networks
Ports are among the users of Nokia's private wireless networks

Nokia has announced it has now deployed private wireless networks for more than 120 customers, including 32 public sector organisations and smart cities.

 

These include Sendai City in Japan where its technology has facilitated the first test of private wireless connected drones for tsunami evacuation alerts, and California where it was chosen to upgrade the statewide microwave network to support first responder communications.

 

It has also announced an expansion of its portfolio of industrial-grade private networking solutions and is continuing to cultivate an ecosystem of partners integrating LTE/4.9G into their Industry 4.0 solutions to drive digital transformation across a range of sectors and geographies.

 

Appetite for private networks

 

Nokia’s LTE/4.9G and 5G wireless networking solutions are helping organisations to make use of Industry 4.0 technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. According to ABI Research, the private wireless networking market opportunity will be worth $16.3 billion by 2025. Karl Bream, head of strategy for Nokia’s Enterprise business, said there is a “tremendous appetite and momentum” for private wireless networking.

 

“LTE/4.9G has proven its ability to provide reliable, secure, high-capacity connectivity,” he said. “And, spectrum availability is opening up with the availability of shared and unlicensed networking options, such as CBRS and MulteFire.”

 

Dimitris Mavrakis, research director at ABI Research, said Nokia is arguably the first telecom infrastructure vendor that has invested significant research and development in addressing enterprise verticals and the announcement illustrates that it is listening to end-users.

 

“LTE/4.9G has proven its ability to provide reliable, secure, high-capacity connectivity.”

 

“Nokia’s new products, services and ecosystem partnerships remove technology and ecosystem complexity for enterprises currently looking at implementing private cellular networks,” he added.

 

“The time is right for Industry 4.0, since many industrial applications and digitalisation efforts can benefit today from LTE/4G; in addition, it is a vital step to promote the adoption of cellular technology at enterprise verticals and lay the foundation for future advanced 5G use cases.”

 

Sendai City

 

Nokia and Sendai City, a coastal area of over one million people devastated by a tsunami in 2011, successfully tested the use of drones on a private wireless network provided by Nokia Digital Automation Cloud as an effective means for enhancing situational awareness and communication during a disaster response.

 

Using Nokia drones mounted with speakers, HD optical cameras with 30x zoom and thermal cameras, the testers were able to record and stream real-time voice messages as well as aerial monitoring to facilitate disaster prevention and mitigation without risk to the personnel managing the evacuation activities.

 

In California, its technology has been used to upgrade CAPSNET, operated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), which is responsible for the coordination of overall state agency response to disasters for over 38 million residents within 163,695 square miles of the state. Cal OES Public Safety Communications supports many key state and local government public safety agencies.

“Nokia’s new products, services and ecosystem partnerships remove technology and ecosystem complexity for enterprises currently looking at implementing private cellular networks”

The network upgrade will enable Cal OES to expand its bandwidth to support new Internet Protocol (IP)-based applications, enabling them to provide reliable and secure connectivity to first responders, while enhancing the network to provide increased capacity and improved availability wherever it’s needed.

 

Private networks are also in use by the Ports of Kokkola and Oulu in Finland and Vienna Airport, while Nordic Telecom and Nokia have launched the world’s first mission-critical communication (MCC)-ready LTE network in the recently opened up 410-430 MHz band.

 

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