Nokia Networks has inked a partnership with Challenge Networks and Australian onshore oil producer, Beach Energy, to deploy a private LTE network.
The agreement will see the private LTE network powered by Nokia Networks’ radio technology and solutions provided by Challenge Networks.
Beach Energy acting CEO, Neil Gibbins, said the network promises to deliver a truly rewarding service experience to its employees. Beach Energy will also enjoy significant productivity gains arising from the lower operating expenditure incurred in using Nokia Networks’ LTE base stations, each of which can typically replace multiple Wi-Fi access points.
“The new LTE network allows our staff to access key systems, facilities and production information throughout our western Cooper Basin field area, reducing requirements for travel between sites, making operations more efficient, saving money and significantly enhancing safety.
“We looked at alternatives and found that the LTE network provided by Nokia Networks and Challenge Networks provided a better value proposition in comparison with traditional wireless communication technologies,” he said.
As part of the project, Nokia Networks has also provided its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations, complemented by its Flexi Zone Small Cells solutions that provide huge capacity for managing data or voice traffic generated at indoor and outdoor hotspots.
Nokia Networks head of Singapore, Philippines, and A/NZ, Ray Owen, claimed in addition to highlighting its capabilities in deploying private LTE networks, this project is a strong reiteration of its commitment to empower one of the core sectors of the Australian economy with its radio technology.
“It also underlines our focus on fostering and developing solution partnerships with an eco-system of partners like Challenge Networks, which has the complementary strengths and local knowledge to provide solutions perfectly tailored to customer requirements,” Owen said.
Challenge Networks director, Simon Lardner, added that this particular implementation assumes great significance owing to the speed of the deployment and it being one of the first turn key private LTE network rollouts for Challenge into the resources sector.
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“Having worked with Nokia Networks for a diverse range of projects for many years, we share a strong collaboration and will continue to work together to bring the advantages of LTE to the resources sector in Australia and the region,” he said.