Nokia Extends Market Reach with Private Network and Fiber Projects

In two separate announcements last week, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) demonstrated the depth and breadth of its telecommunications product portfolio and geographic reach.

On Wednesday, Nokia and AT&T México announced the deployment of an industrial-grade LTE private wireless network solution at the APM Terminals’ terminal in Puerto Progreso, Yucatán, using the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) platform.

The new private wireless network, operated by AT&T México, uses 4.9G LTE to deliver high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity, and improve network predictability in piers and yards. It will reliably and securely connect hundreds of workers, sensors, equipment, and vehicles across an area of over 28 acres.

Nokia DAC provides industrial grade wireless connectivity for the new APM Terminals Yucatán’s virtualized Terminal Operation System and will enable future use cases such as remote and autonomous crane operations within the piers and yards. 

With AT&T México, APM Terminals plans to expand its digitalization and automation vision with a robust, reliable, and flexible private LTE network built on licensed spectrum. APM Terminals Yucatán is the only container terminal in Puerto Progreso, a deep-water port and a key logistics location for the Yucatán peninsula and southeastern Mexico, which is home to almost 13 million Mexicans.

Nathalie Rush, Managing Director of APM Terminals Yucatán said, “We are working with AT&T México and Nokia because of their expertise and unique knowledge in the Mexican telecom market. The signal strength has really exceeded our expectations so far. We can cover the entire port with the solution, reaching a radius of about 6 kilometers. This platform is already considered a reference for the rest of the terminals in the [APM Terminals] group.”

Then on Thursday, in a separate announcement, Nokia said that it was selected by Austrian utility and infrastructure company, Energie AG Oberösterreich, to build an optical transport network across 18 sites in Upper Austria. Energie AG will use the network to backhaul traffic from fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) nodes in several regional sites to two central sites. Deployment is already underway.

Energie AG is a regional energy supply and infrastructure company. A subsidiary, Energie AG Telekom GmbH, operates a fiber optic network that spans more than 7,000 kilometers and carries up to 6.4 Terabits per second (TBs) of aggregated traffic. The new transport network can be scaled to 10s of TBs, allowing Energie AG to handle growing demand from an expanding customer base.

Werner Steinecker, Energie AG CEO, comments, “By investing in an optical transport network spanning 7,000 km across Upper Austria, we hope to vastly improve our customers’ experience with high-speed fiber access. The Nokia fiber optics solution … will give us the opportunity to grow even further by scaling to our needs as we continue to broaden our customer base.”

By John Celentano, Inside Towers Business Editor

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