Nokia Supplies 450 MHz Private Wireless Network for Polish Energy Firm
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 | Comments

Nokia announced that Polish energy sector company PGE Systemy chose its 5G-ready, industrial-grade private wireless solution, following the successful trial of a 450 MHz proof-of-concept network in operation since April 2019.

This marks a critical first step in evaluating the use of the 450 MHz band to support the wide-area operations of energy distribution system operators (DSOs) across Poland. PGE Systemy will use the proof-of-concept infrastructure to further develop its plan for a countrywide critical communications network. The final private wireless network will potentially support 15,000 to 20,000 private radio users over Long Term Evolution (LTE)/4.9G, as well as wireless connectivity for up to 14 million smart meters and 35,000 existing and future supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) connections.

The Polish Energy Ministry selected PGE Systemy to operate a 4.9G private wireless network on the 450 MHz band for critical and operational communications in its next-generation power grid. Favored by the energy sector across Europe, this band has excellent propagation properties, generous power levels, and strong availability of voice and data radios from a variety of equipment suppliers to support numerous applications. It is the band of choice for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications in the energy sector, including smart meters and wireless SCADA connections required, for example, with wind turbines. Future applications of the network may include distributed energy resource management and other digital smart grid applications, Nokia said.

“Poland has a strong concern to digitalize our energy grid because further integration of renewables with grid as well as conversion to distributed energy systems requires ubiquitous, reliable and safe communications,” said Andrzej Piotrowski, vice president of PGE Systemy. “Private wireless operating in the 450 MHz range is the communications technology of choice for the energy sector right across Europe, which ensures support from industry suppliers. The Nokia proof of concept has demonstrated that it will meet our needs in terms of coverage, service quality, resilience and long-term availability.”

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