Alcatel-Lucent is supporting the existing operations and future business needs of international mining group Rio Tinto with its next generation wireless technology.
Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent is further extending the existing critical communications infrastructure for Rio Tinto in Western Australia with its 4G LTE and fibre-optic technologies.
The technology will enhance the speed and capacity of the communications infrastructure and in turn, the improved connectivity will support the fast delivery of high-bandwidth data for in-pit mining operations.
Rio Tinto has advanced expansion plans to grow its Pilbara operations to 353 million tonnes by 2015.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide Rio Tinto with a complete end-to-end private 4G LTE network at its West Angelas mine in the Pilbara, the first of its kind in the mining sector. It will also provide a fibre backbone platform and network management solutions, as well as a range of professional services.
"Rio Tinto is at the cutting edge of digital service innovation and deployment, driving new levels of productivity and efficiency," said Sean O'Halloran, president and managing director of Alcatel-Lucent Australia.
End-to-end private 4G LTE network
Located in the north of Western Australia, the Pilbara region contains some of the world's oldest rock formations and makes a significant contribution to Australia's strategic natural resources sector.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide Rio Tinto with a complete end-to-end private 4G LTE network for the its Pilbara project and notes that this network will comprise radio access network (RAN) products including distributed eNodeB base stations operating at 1800MHz, as well as its Evolved Packet Core and Mobile Backhaul capabilities using the 9500 Microwave Packet Radio.
In addition to these products, Alcatel-Lucent is also providing dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) technology on its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform.
Moreover, Alcatel-Lucent will provide Rio Tinto with its professional services expertise including project management, design, test and maintenance of the solution.
"This is the first deployment of its kind and is a result of a collaborative and interactive process with Rio Tinto. It will provide a strong foundation for any future rollouts of private LTE networks to enhance operations at other locations," added O'Halloran.
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