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Use Case:

Automate mining operations everywhere

Reach natural resources more efficiently and safely with a versatile, service-aware network

Optimize return on mining assets, improve operational efficiency, increase production yields and reduce costs with Nokia’s secure, high-bandwidth communications solutions. Our converged networks are tailored to the unique needs of mining operators. They provide the ideal combination of wireless broadband and IP-based technologies that enable more efficient mining automation from pit to port.

Challenge: Enable autonomous systems in remote mines

Mining automation technologies have the potential to transform daily operations and optimize return on mining assets. Real-time monitoring of an operating environment is needed to enable autonomous systems. But existing information and communications networks were never designed for real-time delivery of the large volumes of critical video and data needed by remote vehicles, systems and operations centers.

Solution: Private LTE wireless broadband and IP/MPLS network

A converged WAN built on private LTE wireless broadband and IP/MPLS technology, offers the low latency and high QoS needed to operate and manage autonomous systems in remote, harsh environments. With LTE and IP/MPLS, mining companies can create a communications infrastructure for pit-to-port automation. And they can leverage software-defined networking (SDN) to create and connect dynamic data center networks.

Extend your reach


Access ore deposits more quickly in remote areas and accurately apply drill blast patterns to selected sites

Increase efficiency


Enable vehicles to load and dump material and navigate haul roads more effectively without a driver or remote manual contro

Optimize operations


Enable operations centers to manage transport operations and route trains to optimize existing assets

Nokia offers an end-to-end, secure and unified solution for mining automation with the ideal mix of technologies:

  • A converged, service-aware, mission-critical WAN composed of microwave, optical and IP/MPLS products
  • A complete end-to-end LTE wireless broadband network — radio access, backhaul, core, devices and management — that leverages the most advanced radio access technologies, including small cells and macro cells for maximum coverage and capacity to reach remote systems, vehicles and field personnel
  • A common communications management system for the radio access network, backhaul and core along with lifecycle device management that simplifies and reduces operating expenses
  • SDN to virtualize and automate data center networks and enable faster cloud application deployments
  • Holistic security management that spans multi-vendor and multi-technology IT and OT environments, and provides a single pane of glass perspective

Reach natural resources more efficiently and safely


Our converged network solutions enable critical connections for effective and efficient mining automation. We have everything you need to support automated systems that reduce the need for personnel in remote, harsh environments, from feasibility studies, conception and design to engineering, procurement, supply, implementation, operation and maintenance. And our solutions work with products from a full ecosystem of partners.


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