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Field Area Network for power utilities

Enable new business models by extending the reach of grid communications with LTE, IP/MPLS and FTTx


Nokia Converged Field Area Network (FAN) for Power Utilities provides a platform for new business models by helping utilities extend communications deep into the distribution grid to enable integration of distributed renewables and storage, distribution automation, substation automation and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).

Our FAN solution gives you the flexibility to choose from a broad spectrum of technologies, including LTE, DSL, and FTTx. We have the experience to integrate the technology that best meets your utility’s business drivers, and can ensure that the FAN interoperates seamlessly with wide area networks (WANs), local area networks (LANs) and neighborhood area networks (NANs) to serve varying applications with differing requirements.

Combined with our award-winning IP/MPLS and industry-leading microwave and fiber optic WAN solutions, our FAN solution helps you achieve highly reliable, highly secure, ubiquitous and cost-effective smart grid communications. 


Professional services

We provide consulting, solution deployment and integration services that can help you:

  • Select the right FAN architecture
  • Deploy multiple technologies and vendor products
  • Ensure interoperability of different network segments and technologies

This reduces your risk during project implementation and protects your investment in smart grid.


Wind farms

Operators of large wind farms can take advantage of Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (Nokia DAC) to provide pervasive connectivity for workers and wind turbine operations and maintenance processes.

This comprehensive cloud-based solution combines LTE-based private wireless networking with integrated security. To learn more visit our renewable energy site.

Benefits and features

Incorporate renewable energy

  • Monitor and control renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines.
  • Incorporate new energy sources while maintaining power quality and stability.

Reduce outages and manage power quality

  • Benefit from granular visibility and control of energy flow and quality.
  • Ensure a faster and more informed response to outages.

Reduce operational expenses

  • Remotely monitor asset performance and operation for improved predictive maintenance, more efficient dispatch of repair technicians and more accurate end-of-life calculations.
  • Detect and manage network and non-technical losses.
  • Deploy a homogeneous solution that integrates distribution automation, substation automation and AMI over a common FAN.

Mitigate cybersecurity risks

  • Use encryption to keep data secure and prevent unauthorized parties from accessing sensitive information.
  • Implement strong authentication to keep rogue devices and users off the network.
  • Control network access with firewalls.

Solution elements

We customize our FAN solution to suit the specific business needs of power utilities. This reliable, secure and scalable solution is made up of proven technologies from our IP, optical and private wireless portfolios. We complement it with our comprehensive professional services offering. 

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