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Industrial-grade private wireless technology will provide the reliability, capacity, security and low latency needed to support collaboration between teams at Equinor’s facilities.
The framework agreement will include hardware, software, design, radio planning, implementation and support. Under the agreement, the private LTE network will be installed this summer at the Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal wind farms, located in the UK and both operated by Equinor.
Jarl Øverby, CEO of NetNordic Group, said: “By working with Nokia, we are able to provide the secure, intelligent, offshore wireless digital fabric that Equinor can use to support its communications and maintenance activities and goals. of security. This includes the flexibility to use a wide range of integrated applications, including communications from the Nokia DAC and Nokia Drone Networks teams, and the ability to deploy them to the edge. It is a secure and resilient solution that will easily scale to 5G to meet their future needs. “
Raghav Saghal, president of cloud and network services at Nokia, said Equinor is one of the most forward-looking energy companies in the world, with a growing wind and renewable business and impressive sustainability goals for its production of oil and gas. “Nokia has a long history of working closely with the energy industry, and as the world leader in private wireless, we are delighted to deploy our 5G enabled technology on Equinor,” he said.
The Nokia DAC solution includes Nokia 4.9G LTE and 5G Radio Access Network technology and Nokia Industrial devices. The solution also includes a wide range of access points for both indoor and outdoor coverage, and an edge solution with a full packet core and application framework for edge computing.
Nokia has deployed critical networks to more than 1,550 leading customers in the energy, transportation, corporate, manufacturing, web scale and public sector segments around the world. Leading companies across industries are building on decades of Nokia’s experience building some of the largest and most advanced IP, optical and wireless networks on the planet.
The Nokia Bell Labs Future X Architecture for Industries provides a framework for businesses to accelerate their journey from digitization and automation to Industry 4.0. Nokia has also pioneered the private wireless space with many industries, and now has more than 290 major corporate customers deploying it globally, more than 40 of which integrate 5G.
Nokia has also partnered with DELTA Fiber Netherlands to offer DELTA 10 Gb / s broadband to the Dutch market. The sole supplier contract covers both the network and the equipment of the customer premises. Deployment begins with new construction followed by replacement of existing equipment.
Ericsson launches private 5G
News of Nokia-Equinor partnership comes as Ericsson launches Ericsson Private 5G, a “secure and simple” 4G LTE and 5G autonomous (SA) connectivity targeting mainly, but not limited to, the manufacturing, mining and processing industry, offshore utilities and energy, as well as ports and airports .
Ericsson Private 5G optimizes and simplifies business operations with cloud-based network management, keeps sensitive data on-premises, has no non-disruptive upgrades and ensures high performance through service level agreements (SLAs) .
Niels konig, 5G-Industry Campus Europe Coordinator, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, said private 5G networks are very attractive to production companies because of the uncompromising performance that 5G can bring, enabling them to meet the challenges of the market. production.
“Efficient deployment and use of network solutions in enterprises requires simple installation, flexibility to connect to existing production IT and lean operations while being able to scale the network to meet future challenges,” did he declare.
According to McKinsey estimates, using advanced connectivity to optimize drilling and production throughput and improve maintenance and field operations could add up to $ 250 billion in value to industry upstream operations by 2030.
Of this value, between $ 160 billion and $ 180 billion could be made with existing infrastructure, while an additional $ 70 billion could be unlocked with low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites and next-generation 5G technologies.
Balancing data consumption with net-zero goals will be a challenge. Electricity consumption by Chinese data centers and 5G base stations alone could almost quadruple by 2035, putting pressure on the industry to commit to clean energy sources, according to environmental group Greenpeace.
Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have developed a wireless powered relay network for 5G systems. The proposed battery-less communication addresses the challenges of flexible deployment of relay networks and will have applications in a range of industries (click here).