Nokia, Telefónica Peru Supply Private LTE for Peruvian Copper Mine
Friday, September 13, 2019 | Comments

Nokia and Telefónica Peru signed a contract with Minera Las Bambas, the world’s ninth-largest copper mine, to enable digitalization and automation projects at its site in Apurimac, Peru. The contract will build and deploy a private Long Term Evolution (LTE) network 4,600 meters above sea level, then assess the mine applications to begin service migration to the new network.

The contract includes planning the site’s capacity and providing technical support for the next five years. As part of the deal, Nokia will deploy its LTE radio access network solution, including base stations, technical support and training services to enable more reliable communications between machines and people. The new network will improve existing wireless service, allowing Las Bambas to deploy additional safety solutions and reduce operating costs of its TETRA communications system. As the network evolves, the Las Bambas mine will also benefit from push to talk (PTT) and push to video.

“This is an important milestone for Minera Las Bambas as it will enable a series of new automation technology solutions increasing productivity in our mining operation, as well as supporting more advanced automation to improve worker safety,” said Miguel Canz, regional technology manager at Minera Las Bambas.

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