Brazil selects Nokia for LTE network

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Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Brazil selects Nokia for LTE network

Brazilian power distributor Elektro has chosen Nokia to deploy a private LTE network in the City of Atibaia.

This 4G network will be designed to increase the reliability and efficiency of the electrical grid in the city and surrounding areas in the state of Sao Paulo. It will serve more than 75,000 homes and businesses.

The LTE network will be deployed in the 3.5 GHz frequency band, the first such installation in South America. The network will provide business-critical connectivity for grid equipment, smart meters, substations and distributed energy generation sources throughout the service area, enabling grid automation through real-time exchange of information between these devices and Elektro's operations centre in Campinas.

This will enable the quick identification of events on the electrical grid for rapid restoration in case of failure, and even to avoid outages before they occur, helping ensure high-quality service for Elektro's customers.

For the project, Nokia will supply Elektro with a solution composed of the Nokia AirScale single radio network (SRAN) that includes base stations (eNodeBs), enhanced packet core and CPE (customer premises equipment). Nokia global services will deliver and manage the end-to-end private LTE solution including network design, deployment, integration, assisted operation, maintenance, construction and training for Elektro.

This agreement builds on Nokia's strong track record providing mission-critical networks to power utilities, and it highlights the company's strong position in the emerging market for private LTE networks. It also highlights the progress of Nokia's strategy of expanding its customer base outside of the traditional telecommunications sphere, a key focus of the company's diversification efforts.

"Neoenergia is committed to sustainable development and the full digitalisation of its networks. The project in Atibaia is a pioneering effort here in Brazil and will deliver increased power efficiency to bring both increased quality and cost savings to our customers. As important, this deployment will enable the introduction of distributed power resources in the future, such as photovoltaic generation and electric vehicles, while providing the required communications for our transformation to new business models,” said Mario Ruiz-Tagle, President of Neoenergia.

"This private LTE deployment will provide the large-scale connectivity, extensive coverage and high-bandwidth service needed for Elektro to extend the reach of its network out into their distribution grid, making the grid much smarter. This futureproof solution will also provide an evolution path to 5G technology in the future, which will offer an array of additional capabilities to keep pace with the fast-evolving utility market," said Osvaldo Di Campli, Head of Nokia Latin America.

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