Nokia’s First Commercial 5G ‘Accelerates Autonomous’

Nokia’s first commercial 5G SA industrial-grade private wireless network is being seen as opening the door to autonomous industry vehicles.

The telecoms giant has announced that Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will deploy a Nokia 5G SA private wireless network at its test mine in Tampere, Finland. Throughout development of its 5G SA private wireless solutions, the company says it has delivered in situ trials with customers and mobile operator partners since the first quarter of 2020.  It claims to gave more than 180 private wireless enterprise customers worldwide of which more than 30 engagements are 5G. Nokia has also recently announced 5G private wireless deployments that include Deutsche Bahn, Lufthansa Technik and Toyota Production Engineering.

Patrick Murphy, president, rock drills and technologies, at the mining company said: “By deploying a Nokia 5G SA private wireless network with Nokia Digital Automation Cloud, we can showcase an entirely new range of game-changing capabilities here in our Tampere test mine.

“As we work with our customers to help them leverage technology to digitalize their operations, the introduction of 5G opens the door to new opportunities in robotics, remote and autonomous operations, full-fleet automation, analytics and enhanced safety. As such, it comprises a breakthrough in the digital transformation of mining.”

Raghav Sahgal, president of Nokia Enterprise also emphasized the technology’s automotive credentials in driving forward automated vehicles. He said: “Private wireless connectivity is central to our customers realizing their long-term digital transformation goals. By delivering 5G SA, we’re paving the way to accelerate digitalization in the most demanding of use cases such as automotive manufacturing, where cloud, robotics and autonomous machine operations create mission-critical demands for reliable low latency and high data rate.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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