Cleco Selects Nokia for Microwave Backhaul
Monday, June 17, 2019 | Comments

Energy firm Cleco selected Nokia to modernize its microwave communications network to support about 290,000 customers Cleco serves through its retail business and those it supplies wholesale power to in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Nokia will provide the backhaul of Cleco's digital mobile radio system, which is critical to the safety of its customers and more than 1,300 employees. By moving to an all packet-based architecture, Cleco can increase its operational efficiency.

Nokia is replacing Cleco's legacy hybrid radio equipment with the latest in microwave packet radio technology. Nokia Wavence was developed with mission-critical stringent requirements for security, reliability, latency and resiliency. The portfolio incorporates features specifically designed to address the unique needs of Cleco, smoothing its transition from older time division multiplexing (TDM) technology to IP-based networks.

Higher system gain can reduce the size of antennas required, lessen tower loading and extend the path distance, eliminating expensive repeater sites or just improving the availability of existing paths, a statement said.

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