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Nokia lays Industry 4.0 foundations with private wireless

William Payne
November 20, 2019

Nokia has deployed private wireless networks for more than 120 customers across multiple industries and geographies. The company says the deployments have laid the foundations for its enterprise customers to implement Industry 4.0 strategies.
The company has also expanded its portfolio of private LTE 4.9G and 5G wireless networking products aimed at manufacturing, energy, transportation, public sector and logistics.
The offerings include what it claims is the industry’s first MulteFire industrial devices giving benefits of private wireless without spectrum availability concerns, as well as support for vertical LTE spectrum bands including B43 (Germany), B28/38 (France), B31/72 (450MHz) and B53 for Globalstar, and CBRS (GAA) readiness with involvement in many initial commercial deployments and certification with spectrum access system partners. 
The company has also announced extended spectrum support for its LTE-enabled IP/MPLS field area networking router, with the Nokia 7705 SAR-Hmc, and a second generation enterprise optimised 5G-ready wireless core with expanded capabilities, increased capacity and concurrent 4.9G and 5G operation.
In addition, following its recently announced enterprise LTE/5G partnership with Microsoft, end-to-end private wireless connectivity is available for Microsoft’s Azure IoT platform, allowing rapid deployment of wireless connectivity of IoT use-cases.
“Enterprise customers who invest in Industry 4.0 today will gain a clear competitive advantage over those who choose to wait,” said Kathrin Buvac, president of Nokia Enterprise. “With spectrum and new technologies that have become available, customers can deploy industrial-grade wireless connectivity to capture the transformational benefits of digitalisation and industrial automation.”
The 120 customers for whom Nokia has deployed private wireless networks include:

  • 24 in transportation including the port of Kokkola, Port of Oulu (pictured) and Vienna Airport;
  • 35 in energy including Minera Las Bambas ;
  • 32 in public sector and smart cities including Sendai City and Nordic Telecom and the Czech Republic;
  • 11 in manufacturing and logistics including China Unicom and BMW, and Ukkoverkot and Konecranes;
  • More than 18 across other industries.
“Nokia is arguably the first telecom infrastructure vendor that has invested significant R&D and effort in addressing enterprise verticals, and this announcement illustrates that Nokia is listening to end users,” said Dimitris Mavrakis, research director at ABI Research. “Nokia’s new products, services and ecosystem partnerships remove technology and ecosystem complexity for enterprises currently looking at implementing private cellular networks. The time is right for Industry 4.0, since many industrial applications and digitalisation efforts can benefit today from LTE/4G; in addition, it is a vital step to promote the adoption of cellular technology at enterprise verticals and lay the foundation for future advanced 5G use cases.”
Karl Bream, head of strategy for Nokia’s enterprise business, added: "Right now, there is tremendous appetite and momentum for private wireless networking as we see a coming together of key enablers that differentiate our proposition. LTE/4.9G has proven its ability to provide reliable, secure, high-capacity connectivity. Spectrum availability is opening up with the availability of shared and unlicensed networking options, such as CBRS and MulteFire. Most importantly, Nokia is bringing to market an unparalleled combination of technology, services and partnerships to help customers deploy turnkey solutions that enable the next steps in their digital transformation.”