First industrial-grade LTE private network in a port terminal

Telecoms giant Nokia has announced the deployment of the first industrial-grade long-term evolution (LTE) private network in a port terminal in Chile at San Antonio Terminal Internacional.

The new private wireless network will be based on the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) platform which the company claimed will use 4.9G LTE to deliver pervasive high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity, and improved network predictability in piers and yards. As the single supplier for this project, Nokia will also provide the RAN network, training, implementation services and remote support.

San Antonio Terminal Internacional S.A. (STI) is the main port terminal in Chile and one of the most important port terminals in South America and based just 110km from the capital Santiago. According to the airport’s management, STI's goal is to move towards becoming a digital port using a high-performance network for industrial use.

Marcelo Entreconti, Nokia’s head of enterprise for Latin America, said: “By deploying an industrial-grade private wireless network at San Antonio Terminal Internacional, the port will have a robust, secure and predictable wireless connectivity platform. With this project, STI takes an important step in its digitalization journey, improving safety and productivity with a future-ready platform also capable of supporting digitalization and automation use cases.”

Nokia DAC is an end-to-end private wireless network and edge computing platform designed to meet the mission-critical needs of asset-intensive industries such as port terminals. According to Nokia, the deployment of the platform in Chile will enable future use cases such as remote and autonomous crane operations within the piers and yards, as well as enable new capabilities at STI.

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