TPG Telecom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nokia as part of a new partnership to develop and deliver mobile private network innovations for the mining and energy sectors.
The deal will see TPG Telecom and Nokia collaborate across their extensive portfolio of assets, including 4G and 5G mobile radio technologies, spectrum, core network, transmission, managed services, IoT and industrial applications. to provide flexible technology solutions and drive the transformation of digital and operational technologies in the mining and energy sectors.
The MoU was signed by Jonathan Rutherford, Wholesale Business and Government of TPG Telecom Group, and Anna Perrin, Director of Nokia Oceania, at the UTS Nokia 5G Futures Lab in Botany, Sydney.
“We are delighted to extend our relationship with Nokia, who have provided unparalleled expertise to help us build Australia’s smartest 5G mobile network. This MoU will allow us to work together to drive new technology innovations. to help the mining and energy sectors realize the productivity and connectivity benefits that mobile private networks can deliver,” said Rutherford.
Perrin said, “As our industries embrace transformative technologies such as automation and virtualization, it is essential to have smart, fast, durable and resilient private network solutions to support their operations. Nokia is a global leader in industrial-grade private wireless solutions, and we are delighted to bring our expertise and partner with TPG Telecom to support Australian businesses on their digital transformation journey.
The Mobile Private Network (MPN) is an ultra-secure solution for businesses, enabling interconnectivity between people and things using 4G or 5G technology. In the mining and energy sectors, MPN enables new applications and supports existing business services using a local area network at their premises, providing protected and reliable performance, the companies advised.
They said several specific use cases for the mining and energy sectors will be developed at the UTS Nokia 5G Innovation Lab to demonstrate the potential and opportunities made possible by TPG Telecom’s mobile private networks.
Applications will focus on connected workers, connected assets, worker and site safety, and industrial automation.
As part of the MoU, TPG Telecom and Nokia said they would also oversee the development of a joint sales and go-to-market marketing pipeline.
Managing Director of TPG Telecom Customer Technology Solutions – Enterprise & Government Easwaren Siva said there is a strong need for secure, scalable and reliable networks in the mining and energy sectors, which TPG Telecom is well positioned to deliver.
“The mining and energy sectors are fundamental to the Australian economy and TPG Telecom wants to help these sectors adopt new technologies, particularly in industrial automation,” said Siva.
“TPG Telecom, with its rich 4G and 5G spectrum holdings and significant size, along with Nokia as a global leader in networking equipment and solutions, have the building blocks to deliver a compelling solution for the mining and energy sectors. “
New innovations are expected to emerge from the partnership, particularly in productivity and worker safety. In one example, 5G devices will connect machines and sensors to an IoT or mining platform to monitor worker productivity and safety while enabling real-time control and maintenance of mining and energy assets.
5G devices will also enable better worker communication through enhanced voice, video and data services and, in the near future, augmented reality to access complex operational resources in the field.
“This is the network these industries need, and we will support them on their journey to operate more efficiently and securely than ever before,” Siva concluded.