Nokia and AT&T launch industry-grade 4.9G LTE network in Mexico

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Nokia and AT&T launch industry-grade 4.9G LTE network in Mexico
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Telco titans Nokia and AT&T have joined forces to deploy an industrial-grade private 4.9G LTE network in Mexico.

Based at the APM Terminals container facility in Yucatan, the connectivity solution uses Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) platform to manage maritime terminal operations through edge services and a high-performance wireless network.

APM Terminals Yucatan is a 11.5 hectare deep-water port and key logistics location in Puerto Progreso which provides for 13 million Mexicans living in the country’s southeastern region.

The LTE network is a major milestone in Nokia and AT&T’s efforts to digitise the area’s ports and shipyards which will allow for future use cases such as autonomous crane operations and enable new capabilities at APM Terminals.

Nathalie Rush, managing director of APM Terminals Yucatan, said: “The signal strength has really exceeded our expectations so far. We can cover the entire port with the solution, reaching a radius of about 6 kilometres. This platform is already considered a reference for the rest of the terminals in the group.”

Although the first terminal in Mexico to offer an industrial-grade private LTE network, the APM facility can only achieve network speeds of up to 3Gbps with Nokia’s 4.9G offering. An improvement on 4G LTE technology to be sure, but not quite the 5G capabilities a number of smart port projects are currently working on.

“This has been the first Private Cellular Network for AT&T Mexico Business Unit. The needs and demands of our customers are always evolving, though, and we’re upgrading with them,” said Gabriel Fernández, innovation and IoT director at AT&T Mexico. “Private networks are increasingly important for businesses — especially in Industry 4.0 environments with many connected devices, where privacy, data control and performance are all crucial.”

APM Terminals is one of the world’s leading container terminal operators with operations in 130 countries.

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