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Apr 21 2016

Private LTE a game changer for industries

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Welcome to our new blog series on LTE for industry: How broadband mobile network technologies are revolutionizing the Transportation and Oil, Gas & Mining industries

With a population of 38 million, Poland is a potentially lucrative market for mobile carriers -  so much so that the government was able to generate €2.17bn from recent auctions for frequencies in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands to expand 4G LTE to non-urban areas.

This was well above the €420m government estimate and highlights the importance that mobile carriers place on securing the spectrum they need for effective high-speed mobile internet services.

 

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With spectrum limited in Poland and other countries around the world, such bidding wars are now commonplace. This is bad news for private industries, public transport providers, power, oil and gas, and mining companies, which hope to develop their own LTE networks but are unable to compete financially with mobile carriers when looking to secure the spectrum they need.

However, interesting developments in the US offer a feasible alternative. AT&T, in partnership with Nokia, recently launched a new Private LTE Network for US utility companies. Under this agreement, AT&T rents access to its licensed spectrum enabling these companies to utilise Nokia LTE technology to build a private, highly secure, reliable and high-capacity Field Area Network (FAN).

By utilizing AT&T and Nokia’s LTE offering, industries have the opportunity to develop more comprehensive and secure radio networks at affordable prices. They will avoid issues associated with existing solutions to boost network performance which rely on unlicensed spectrum or use proprietary technologies, which are more prone to interference. It will also help these industries to deploy a private broadband LTE network, which offers high resiliency, performance and security and is able to support their most critical operational applications.

Indeed, LTE offers the following benefits for business-critical networks:

  • High spectral efficiency and transmission: LTE implements state-of-the-art digital communication and modulation techniques such as OFDMA, MIMO, turbo coding, and adaptive modulation and coding, which results in high spectral efficiency and allows transmission speeds of up to 150 Mbps
  • Cost Savings: LTE is based on IP, which allows users to host all communications on a single LTE and a fixed IP/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) network, resulting in substantial design, management and maintenance savings
  • Low latency: With latency as low as 10ms, LTE can support critical, time-sensitive applications and provide high-quality service management. Flexible bit rate, latency, maximum packet loss, priority and other transmission parameters are also available for each application and each user, and
  • Security: LTE offers fully secure and resilient networks, with the standard including multiple features relating to encryption and authentication.

Among the applications that could benefit from these enhanced networks are autonomous haulage systems in mining, operational communications at airports, CCTV in trains in remote locations, distribution networks, and advanced metering infrastructure for utilities. By eliminating the spectrum headache, this development is potentially a game-changer for industries around the world and will enable them to take their networks to the next level.

To learn more about how you can benefit, download the white papers: “re-imagine mining networks for 2020” and “Delivering LTE connectivity in rail public transport”. Or contact Nokia.

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About Thierry Sens

Thierry is head of customer marketing for Transportation, Oil, Gas and Mining market segments at Nokia. He has broad expertise in telecommunication systems & infrastructure and always enjoys thinking outside the box to explore new ideas and concepts.