Nokia takes 5G underground with successful tests of private networks in mines in Russia and Chile

Mine operators will use private wireless networks to run machinery by remote control and monitor safety and overall operations.

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A Russian mining company is ready to bring in robots and increase automation with the successful test of a private network 875 meters underground. PAO GMK Nornickel and Nokia announced Tuesday that the pilot project at the Skalysty mine was a success. 

The mine will use the network for voice and data communications, video surveillance, remote management of machinery via video and communications between production sites and the control center. Mine operators tested the private wireless network simultaneously in 5G and LTE bands. Nornickel produces palladium, nickel, platinum and copper. …

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