Nokia mines wireless network for Antofagasta Minerals in Chile

Finnish telecoms giant Nokia has deployed an industrial-grade private wireless network across the Minera Centinela copper mine for Chilean mining group Antofagasta Minerals.

Antofagasta’s Centinela open pit mine is located north of Santiago at an important mining zone containing sulphur and oxides. The mine produces copper concentrate and cathodes, as well as molybdenum and gold.

According to Nokia, the industrial-grade private wireless provides the high capacity and low latency required for mining companies to reliably and securely connect a variety of sensors, devices, equipment and vehicles, above and underground.

Nokia’s head of enterprise for Latin America Marcelo Entreconti claimed the introduction of the new private network marked “the first wave of Industry 4.0 projects in Latin America”.

“Deploying these networks is considered the first and most important step in the digitalization journey of mining companies, and lays the groundwork for an expansion beyond connectivity where Nokia is already proposing solutions to the global mining community,” added Entreconti.

As part of the deployment. Nokia created an industrial-grade private 4.9G/LTE solution, including Nokia AirScale radio equipment, mobile packet core, IP/MPLS service aggregation routers, and Wavence microwave transmission.

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