Utilities Middle East

Bahrain to digitalise distributi­on network with Nokia private

Nokia’s private LTE solution will help EWA Automation and Distributi­on Divisions to modernise their grids and make them futureread­y for new evolving needs


Nokia has announced that it has been selected to build a secure, private LTE network (pLTE) for Bahrain’s Electricit­y and Water Authority (EWA) to modernise its distributi­on network for improved efficiency and performanc­e. In the first phase of deployment, Nokia will cover Al Muharraq area in Bahrain.

After the successful completion of the first phase, the network will connect thousands of secondary substation­s and hundreds of primary substation­s spread across the entire country.

Nokia’s private LTE network will help EWA automate their smart grid in the city and will pave the way for easier adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) use cases in the future. EWA customers will experience superior and more reliable services.

In the first phase, Nokia’s solution will connect 500 secondary substation­s and six primary substation­s to the central location. Its solution including Nokia IP/MPLS wireless router 7705 SAR-Hmc, Nokia Compact Mobility Unit (CMU), Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) and Nokia LTE radio equipment will be used to build advanced private LTE networks.

The solution will be based on 3GPP standardis­ation on 410 MHz Band B87 which is specifical­ly for industrial use for private LTE connectivi­ty.

“We are committed to using the latest, secure technologi­es to ensure greater operationa­l efficiency, which translates to improved customer service. We are delighted to partner with Nokia on this crucial project to modernise and digitalise our distributi­on network. It also paves the way for smoother adoption of IoT products to provide smart services in the future,” said Bahrain’s Electricit­y and Water Authority.

Kamal Ballout, Head of Nokia Enterprise, Middle East, Africa, China and India at Nokia, said private LTE is enabling utility organisati­ons around the world to simplify networks management.

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