Nokia, AT&T Mexico deploy first LTE private network at Yucatán box terminal


Nokia and AT&T Mexico have announced the deployment of an industrial-grade LTE private wireless network solution at the APM Terminals terminal in Puerto Progreso, Yucatan.

The solution was rolled out using the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) platform.

The new private wireless network, powered AT&T Mexico, uses 4.9G LTE to deliver pervasive high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity, and improve network predictability in piers and yards.

Nokia said the network will reliably and securely connect hundreds of workers, sensors, equipment, and vehicles across an area of 11.5 hectares.

Nokia DAC provides industrial grade wireless connectivity for the new APM Terminals Yucatán virtualised Terminal Operation System (TOS) and will enable future use cases such as remote and autonomous crane operations within the piers and yards, as well as enable new capabilities at APM Terminals.

Nokia DAC is a high-performance, end-to-end private wireless network and edge computing platform designed to meet the mission-critical needs of asset-intensive industries such as port terminals.

READ: Digitalising port operations with 5G connectivity

AT&T Mexico has added Nokia’s flagship enterprise capabilities, focusing on private networks capabilities to its Private Cellular Networks solutions.

APM Terminals can now expand their digitalisation and automation vision enabled by robust, reliable and flexible private LTE networks built on licensed spectrum.

APM Terminals Yucatán is the only container terminal in Puerto Progreso, a deep-water port and a key logistics location for the Yucatán peninsula and southeastern Mexico, which is home to almost 13 million Mexicans.

Nathalie Rush, Managing Director of APM Terminals Yucatán said: “We are working with AT&T Mexico and Nokia because of their expertise and unique knowledge in the Mexican telecom market.

“The signal strength has really exceeded our expectations so far. We can cover the entire port with the solution, reaching a radius of about 6 kilometers. This platform is already considered a reference for the rest of the terminals in the group.”

Gabriel Fernández, Innovation & IoT Director at AT&T Mexico said: “This has been the first Private Cellular Network for AT&T Mexico Business Unit. The needs and demands of our customers are always evolving, though, and we’re upgrading with them.

“Private networks are increasingly important for businesses – especially in Industry 4.0 environments with a lot of connected devices, where privacy, data control and performance are all crucial.”

Marcelo Entreconti, Head of Enterprise for Latin America, Nokia, said: “The U.S. – Mexico – Canada free trade agreement (USMCA) accelerates investment and boosts the digital transformation of the logistic chain, including the support to maritime terminals.

“By deploying an industrial-grade private wireless network with our strategic partner AT&T Mexico, we can provide robust, secure and predictable wireless connectivity, capable of supporting new digitalisation and automation use cases.”

Last year Nokia and Edzcom announced that they will jointly deliver a 5G private wireless network for Konecranes at its Hyvinkää smart factory.

Earlier this month, APM Terminals Mobile, US, rolled out a truck appointment API.

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