Nokia Wins Private LTE Contract with Brazilian Utility
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Comments

Brazilian power distributor Elektro, part of the Neoenergia/Iberdrola group, selected Nokia to deploy a private Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to increase the reliability and efficiency of the electrical grid in the city of Atibaia and surrounding areas in the state of Sao Paulo.

The LTE network will be deployed in the 3.5 GHz frequency band, the first such installation in South America. The network will serve more than 75,000 homes and businesses.

The network will provide business-critical connectivity for grid equipment, smart meters, substations and distributed energy generation sources throughout the service area, enabling grid automation through real-time exchange of information between these devices and Elektro's operations center in Campinas. This will enable the quick identification of events on the electrical grid for rapid restoration in case of failure, and to avoid outages before they occur, helping ensure high-quality service for Elektro's customers.

Nokia will supply base stations (eNodeBs), enhanced packet core and customer premises equipment (CPE). Nokia Global services will deliver and manage the end-to-end private LTE solution including network design, deployment, integration, assisted operation, maintenance, construction and training for Elektro.

"Neoenergia is committed to sustainable development and the full digitalization of its networks,” Mario Ruiz-Tagle, president of Neoenergia, said. “The project in Atibaia is a pioneering effort here in Brazil, and will deliver increased power efficiency to bring both increased quality and cost savings to our customers. As important, this deployment will enable the introduction of distributed power resources in the future, such as photovoltaic generation and electric vehicles, while providing the required communications for our transformation to new business models."

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