Nokia 5G-ready private LTE for oil giant Equinor

  • June 15, 2021
  • William Payne

Nokia and NetNordic will provide private 4G and 5G-ready networks for the worldwide operations of Norway’s state-owned oil, gas and wind power producer Equinor.

An eight year frame agreement will include hardware, software, design, radio planning, implementation and support. Under the agreement, the private LTE network will be installed this summer at Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal wind farms, located in the UK and both operated by Equinor.

Nokia DAC solution comprises the Nokia 4.9G LTE and 5G Radio Access Network technology and Nokia Industrial devices. The solution also includes a large range of access points both for indoor and outdoor coverage, and an edge solution with complete packet core and application framework for edge computing.

NetNordic is a Nordic system integrator, specialised in the area of network, security, data centre and integrated communication. 

“Working with Nokia we are able to deliver the secure, smart, offshore wireless digital fabric that Equinor can use to support its communication and maintenance activities and safety objectives,” said Jarl Øverby, NetNordic Group CEO. “This includes the flexibility to employ a wide range of integrated applications, including Nokia DAC teams comms and Nokia Drone Networks, and the capability to deploy them to the edge. This is a secure and resilient solution that will easily scale and evolve to 5G to meet their future needs.”

“Equinor is one of the most forward looking energy companies in the world, with a growing wind and renewables business and impressive sustainability targets for its oil and gas production,” said Raghav Saghal, Nokia’s President of Cloud and Network Service. “Nokia has a long history of working closely with the energy industry, and as the world leader in private wireless, we are pleased to deploy our 5G-ready technology to Equinor.”

The Nokia Bell Labs Future X for industries architecture provides a framework for enterprises to accelerate their digitalisation and automation journey to Industry 4.0. Nokia has more than 290 large enterprise customers deploying it around the world, of which over 40 incorporate 5G.