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Field area network for power utilities

Extend the reach of communications using LTE, IP/MPLS and FTTx to enable new business models


Utilities need to extend the reach of communications deep into the distribution grid to enable distributed renewables and storage integration, distribution automation, substation automation, advanced metering infrastructure and platform for new business models

Nokia offers the flexibility to choose from a broad spectrum of technologies, including LTE, DSL, and FTTx. Nokia has the experience to integrate the technology that best meets the utility’s business drivers, and can ensure that the FAN interoperates seamlessly with Wide Area Networks (WAN), Local Area Networks (LAN) and Neighborhood Area Networks (NAN) to serve varying applications with differing requirements.

Combined with Nokia's award-winning IP/MPLS and industry-leading microwave and fiber optic WAN solutions, it achieves highly reliable, highly secure, ubiquitous and cost-effective smart grid communications for distributed renewables and storage integration, distribution automation, substation automation, and advanced metering infrastructure. It also provides the required communications foundation for a utility to deploy their Internet of Things (IoT) strategy and new services for new business models.

Professional Services

Nokia provides consulting, solution deployment and integration services:

  • To help utilities select the right FAN technology

  • To deploy multiple technologies and multiple vendor products

  • To ensure interoperability of different network segments and technologies

This reduces the utility’s risk during project implementation and protects their investment in Smart Grid.

Wind farms

A comprehensive cloud-based private LTE network solution with integrated security – Nokia Digital Automation Cloud, has been designed for large wind farms. This ensures pervasive connectivity for workers and for wind turbine operations and maintenance. To learn more visit our renewable energy site.

Nokia Converged Field Area Network (FAN)

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"Nokia ranked as leader in industrial IoT Networking Solutions"

Guidehouse Insights Leaderboard Grid - Industrial IoT Networking Solutions Vendors (2Q 2021)

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"Nokia's addition of secure LTE and WiFi wireless connectivity into their existing 7705 Service Router product line dramatically increases the ability to integrate and centralize management of our end-to-end service connectivity for utility operations to meet our mission critical requirements."

John Hughes / Director, Network Engineering and Operations, Ameren Services

"Adding LTE and other wireless capabilities to the proven 7705 platform provides compelling new choices for utilities looking to extend the reach of their connectivity to modernize grid operations."

Melvin Sam Charuvilayil / Supervisor, IT Network Planning & Engineering, Kansas City Power and Light

"A holistic, network-centric strategy will benefit utilities which recognize how the industry is changing. A converged FAN approach leveraging IP/MPLS and LTE offers a future-proof, ubiquitous network with the capacity to handle new energy services, transactive energy models, DER integration and better customer engagement -- in addition to more traditional smart grid and smart city applications. As described in our white paper, Communications in the Energy Cloud, Navigant Research has dubbed this holistic networking strategy the 'Energy Superhighway."

Richelle Elberg / Principal Analyst, Energy, at Navigant Research

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