Another private network has been launched in Brazil with the announcement from communications and IT services provider Speedcast that it has deployed advanced connectivity via a private LTE network powered by Nokia for a Brazilian energy integrator.
The company is disappointingly coy about the name of the client, but Speedcast’s Brazilian entity SC Caprock says it has completed the deployment of the mission-critical private LTE network at four natural gas plants and associated wells for the energy integrator in Brazil, providing high-quality, critical voice and video connectivity for workers on site.
It adds that this marks the first energy company with onshore production to implement the technology in Brazil.
Using the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) solution, SC Caprock has deployed LTE access points covering the facilities using Band 28 at 700MHz. Smartphones offer push-to-talk and push-to-video communications that enable instant connectivity and the ability to share video streams with colleagues to enhance collaboration and facilitate rapid problem-solving.
The integration includes the installation of private LTE base stations, and the Nokia MX Industrial Edge (MXIE), an edge computing-based platform which runs the private wireless core functions and application processing, including the Push-to-X communications applications. In addition to systems integration, SC Caprock manages regulatory approval.
As we noted recently, private networks aren’t waiting for 5G. in fact Speedcast says it has implemented private LTE solutions leveraging Nokia Digital Automation Cloud in the energy and mining markets since its first deployment in 2020.