Tuesday, 12 January 2016 11:58

Nokia, Challenge team up on LTE network deployment

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Nokia and Challenge Networks have partnered to deploy a private LTE network for Beach Energy, Australia's largest onshore oil producer.

Beach Energy says it expects it will enjoy significant productivity gains from the lower operating expenditure incurred in using Nokia Networks’ LTE base stations, each of which can typically replace multiple Wi-Fi access points.  

As part of the project, Nokia has provided its high-capacity, scalable and energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations complemented by its Flexi Zone Small Cells solutions that provide huge capacity for managing data/voice traffic generated at indoor and outdoor hotspots.

Neil Gibbins, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Beach Energy, said: “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.

“Beach is proud to be an early adopter of technologies within the oil and gas industry. With Nokia Networks and Challenge Networks, we have become one of the pioneers in adopting LTE as the communications backbone of our remote operations and are pleased that it will deliver ongoing value and enable us to lead the way in low cost oil production within the Cooper Basin.”

Ray Owen, Head of Singapore, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand at Nokia Networks, said: “In addition to highlighting our capabilities in deploying private LTE networks, this project is a strong reiteration of our commitment to empower one of the core sectors of the Australian economy with our radio technology. It also underlines our focus on fostering and developing robust solution partnerships with an extensive ecosystem of partners like Challenge Networks, which has the complementary strengths and local knowledge to provide solutions perfectly tailored to customer requirements.”

Simon Lardner, Director at Challenge Networks, said “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.”

Nokia estimates that the global market for LTE public safety networks will exceed 2 billion Euros by 2019 and cites the fact that the UK Home Office has established a program with a target to build a new Emergency Service Network (ESN) that will provide mobile services for the three emergency services (police, fire and ambulance), and expected to go live during 2016.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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