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Kyndryl, Nokia sign agreement to develop 5G private wireless services for Industry 4.0

Kyndryl, Nokia sign agreement to develop 5G private wireless services for Industry 4.0

Kyndryl, a provider of IT infrastructure services, has entered into a three-year agreement with Nokia to develop and innovate private wireless services based on LTE and 5G for Industry 4.0. Through the partnership, customers can use Kyndryl’s accelerated network deployment capabilities alongside Nokia’s cellular radio expertise.

The two companies have also collaborated with Palo Alto Networks to establish a research lab in Raleigh, North Carolina, focused on creating reliable and secure wireless connectivity. The laboratory will create an industrial network solution employing a multi-faceted zero-trust model for maximum security, the companies say.

“As enterprises seek to accelerate and deliver on their journeys towards Industry 4.0 and digitalization, the effective integration and deployment of advanced LTE and 5G private wireless networking technologies become instrumental to integrate all enterprise operations in a seamless, reliable, efficient and built in a secure manner,” said Alejandro Cadenas, the associate vice president of Telco and Mobility Research at IDC.

Kyndryl has stated that the co-developed solution offers project testing, consulting and piloting services for various industrial manufacturing sectors. These sectors include petrochemical, mining, timber, utilities and energy companies.

“The partnership offers a compelling shared vision and execution that will enable customers across all industries and geographies to access the ingredients they need to deliver against the promise of digital acceleration, powered by network and edge computing,” Cadenas said.

For example, Kyndryl and Nokia have established a private wireless network with edge computing for Dow Chemical’s petrochemical processing plant in Freeport, Texas. The enhanced connectivity has increased worker safety and enabled remote video/audio collaboration.

Kyndryl and Nokia will showcase their device management services at the Mobile World Congress 2023 in Barcelona, Spain.

Early last year, Nokia and Kyndril partnered to accelerate the development of private wireless connectivity by combining Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud application platform with Kyndryl’s consulting and managed services. Since then, these two companies have had more than a hundred engagements with organizations in 24 nations worldwide. They’ve provided customers access to high-speed LTE and private 5G networks for digital transformation projects.

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