AT&T, Nokia to bring new LTE solution for utilities

AT&T and Nokia will bring a new solution for US-based utilities to build a private and secure LTE network — in the second quarter of 2016.

The solution – combining AT&T spectrum with Nokia LTE Technology – will assist utilities to have continuity for their critical grid applications. It will also offer a network that can evolve with the distribution grid of the future to utilities.

AT&T will provide licensed spectrum so utilities can establish their own Field Area Networks (FAN) in their active footprint.

Devices can reach the distribution network – supporting distribution functions at substations, renewable energy sources, as well as management and control of remote devices and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solutions.

Other offers rely on unlicensed spectrum. They use proprietary technologies that often have more risk of interference.

There will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020.

Michael Troiano, vice president, IoT Solutions, AT&T Mobility, said: “Our spectrum and Nokia’s LTE Technology gives utilities the opportunity to update their FAN. They can have confidence these networks will perform to their requirements—now and in the future.”

The companies will help utilities migrate existing wireless devices and AMI collectors to a private broadband wireless solution improving throughput and reliability. It supports micro grids, metering solutions, renewable energy sources and more to meet shifting market demand.

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