Nokia announces 5G networking for industrial use cases

Nokia has launched new standalone private networking 5G solutions, designed to “provide a roadmap to fulfilling the needs of the most demanding industrial and manufacturing use cases.”

According to the company, development has coincided with in-situ trials taking place with customers and mobile network operator partners since the start of 2020. Nokia has also recently announced 5G private wireless deployments, including Deutsche Bahn, Lufthansa Technik, Toyota Production Engineering, and Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.

Speaking of the new solutions, president of Nokia Enterprise Raghav Sahgal, said: “With the introduction of 5G SA, [Nokia is offering] a world-class line-up of private wireless solutions to meet digitalisation needs, no matter entry point or connectivity requirements.

“Private wireless connectivity is central to our customers realising their long-term digital transformation goals. By delivering 5G SA, we’re accelerating digitalisation in the most demanding of use cases, such as automotive manufacturing.”

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will deploy the technology at its test mine in Tampere, Finland. Patrick Murphy, president, rock drills and technologies for the company, said: “By deploying a Nokia 5G SA private wireless network, with Nokia Digital Automation Cloud, we can showcase an entirely new range of game-changing capabilities.

“The introduction of 5G opens the door to new opportunities in robotics, remote and autonomous operations, full-fleet automation, analytics and enhanced safety. As such, it comprises a breakthrough in the digital transformation of mining.”

Nokia has also announced enhancements to its 4.9G/LTE portfolio of solutions, including the launch of the world’s first Band 87 (410MHz) radio, and extended support for slicing on private network solutions. According to the company, 4.9G/LTE currently handles more than 85 per cent of industrial applications.

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