BTP, TIM and Nokia partner for first ever 5G Latin America port network

Aerial view from above from a drone of the port of Santos, the largest exporter in Latin America. container ship

Terminal operator at Santos Port Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) has partnered with telecommunications providers TIM and Nokia to implement a private 5G network at the port.

The partnership provides for the sector’s first 5G private network on the Latin American continent, and will evolve into a definitive structure after the release of the 3.5GHz band for the city of Santos, scheduled by the regulator Anatel for 2023.

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The dedicated network will be deployed using spectrum held by Brazilian mobile carrier TIM, with network equipment and solutions provided by Finland’s Nokia.

One of BTP’s main goals with the network is to enable the implementation of solutions to increase equipment connectivity and boost operational efficiency.

“We want to increase our operational capacity within the current limits of the terminal and technology is key in this process. We believe technology has the power to make the port sector more efficient, safe and sustainable. We are continually investing in the development of new digital tools and technologies to offer our customers the best solutions,” said Ricardo Arten, CEO of BTP.

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The technology is expected to enable remote and real-time monitoring of equipment, such as cranes of different sizes, as well as operational activities, managed from a monitoring center.

BTP also seeks to enhance communication among over 1,400 employees at the terminal, including with the use of its own tools and applications.

The first tests involving access network and private core, which assessed speed, coverage and latency, proved positive and reached the goals and specifications established by BTP”s technical teams.

In August the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a 5G mobile network at the Port of Singapore.

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