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Nokia selling 5G Standalone to enterprises; early edge uses cases include robotics, fleet automation in mining


Nokia has announced global commercial availability of new 5G SA industrial-grade private wireless networking solutions.

“With the introduction of 5G SA, we set a new standard for our enterprise customers with a world-class lineup of private wireless solutions to meet their digitalization needs, no matter their entry point or connectivity requirements,” says Raghav Sahgal, President of Nokia Enterprise.

“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.”

In developing its 5G SA private wireless solutions, Nokia notes it has delivered in situ trials with customers and mobile operator partners since the first quarter of 2020. The company claims more than 180 private wireless enterprise customers worldwide of which more than 30 engagements are 5G.

With Nokia’s new 5G SA solutions, enterprise customers have the choice of deploying Nokia Digital Automation Cloud or they can further customize their network according to needs with Nokia Modular Private Wireless.

Nokia also announced that Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will deploy a Nokia 5G SA private wireless network at its test mine in Tampere, Finland.

Patrick Murphy, President, Rock Drills and Technologies, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology 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.”

Sahgal added: “We recognize that 4.9G/LTE, which handles more than 85 percent of industrial applications, will continue to be the foremost private wireless solution for some time. With this announcement we bring the best of both worlds. We are offering customers the choice to start with 4.9G/LTE, and evolve to 5G as the ecosystem matures, or alternatively, to go ‘direct to 5G’ – validating the technology and driving OEM and industrial asset vendors to develop a thriving 5G ecosystem.”

With the introduction of commercially available private wireless 5G SA, Nokia is enabling OEM and ecosystem partners to accelerate validation of 5G capabilities, helping to kickstart the development of 5G-capable industrial assets, accelerate application development, and integrate 5G into future industrial processes and systems.

In addition to working with its private wireless network ecosystem – which includes service providers, cloud partners, systems integrators, strategic consulting and industry specialists — Nokia will also apply its vertical expertise to deliver the transformational benefits of 5G across industry-specific use cases.

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