Monday, December 10, 2012

Rio Tinto to Deploy Private LTE Network in Australia with Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent will provide Rio Tinto with an end-to-end private 4G LTE network, comprising radio access network (RAN) products including distributed eNodeB base stations operating at 1800MHz, as well as its Evolved Packet Core and Mobile Backhaul capabilities using the 9500 Microwave Packet Radio.

Alcatel-Lucent is also providing its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS)and its 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) network management solution, as well as a range of professional services.

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group.  The LTE network will be deployed in the north of Western Australia, where Rio Tinto is engaged in the West Angelas mine in the Pilbara.

Sean O’Halloran, President and Managing Director of Alcatel-Lucent Australia said: “Rio Tinto is at the cutting edge of digital service innovation and deployment, driving new levels of productivity and efficiency. This is the first deployment of its kind and is a result of a collaborative and interactive process with Rio Tinto. It will provide a strong foundation for any future rollouts of private LTE networks to enhance operations at other locations."