Nokia Deploys Private LTE Network for Mining Technology Center
Friday, March 06, 2020 | Comments

Nokia joined with CENGN and NORCAT to install and operate a private Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in NORCAT’s underground center in Sudbury, Ontario. NORCAT and CENGN will serve as a hub for the future of mining technology, while Nokia furthers its commitment towards advancing worldwide mining innovation. 

NORCAT enables start-ups, small/medium enterprises and international companies to develop, test and demonstrate innovative and emerging technologies in their operating mine. It is a destination for miners from around the world to see, train on and understand emerging technologies that are poised to transform the global mining industry.

The Nokia Digital Automation Cloud will provide a high-bandwidth, low-latency private LTE wireless network to support mission-critical communication services, asset tracking and remote-controlled autonomous vehicles. As opposed to legacy wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi, industrial-strength LTE wireless provides true mobile coverage and supports a larger amount of active connections per access point with far greater reliability and security. With this network, NORCAT’s tech clients, using the NORCAT Underground Centre, will have the ability to develop, test and demonstrate emerging technologies, such as private radio services and autonomous vehicles, to create safer, more productive and efficient mines.

Nokia is a leader in providing the next generation of wireless technology to the mining community as it embraces digitalization as part of Industry 4.0 transformation. Working with mining industry partners Komatsu and Sandvik, Nokia’s private LTE/4.9G and 5G networks now power autonomous haulage and IoT solutions for the mining industry around the world.

“The NORCAT Underground Centre provides our global mining technology clients with a state-of-the-art operating mine that serves as an active laboratory to develop and showcase new mining technology innovations,” said Don Duval, CEO, NORCAT. “Private LTE is a big step forward for the industry, and the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud as a platform within the Underground Centre will enable the exploration and creation of innovative solutions for mining.”

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