Nokia has been selected by Brazilian power distributor Elektro to deploy a private LTE (long-term evolution) network in Sao Paulo.

It will mark the first time that such a wireless 4G network has been deployed in Brazil, where it will serve more than 75,000 homes and businesses.

The network will be rolled out in the City of Atibaia and surrounding areas in the state of Sao Paulo. It will be deployed in a 3.5 GHz frequency, which marks another first for South America.

The network will provide business-critical connectivity for grid equipment, smart meters, substations and distributed energy generation sources, enabling grid automation through real-time exchange of information between these devices and Elektro’s operations centre in Campinas.

Nokia says this “will enable the quick identification of events on the electrical grid for rapid restoration in case of failure, and even to avoid outages before they occur”.

Elektro is part of the Neoenergia/Iberdrola group, and Mario Ruiz-Tagle, Neoenergia president, said the project “is a pioneering effort in Brazil, and will deliver increased power efficiency to bring both increased quality and cost savings to our customers”.

He added that the deployment “will enable the introduction of distributed power resources in the future, such as photovoltaic generation and electric vehicles, while providing the required communications for our transformation to new business models”.

Osvaldo Di Campli, head of Nokia Latin America, said: “This private LTE deployment will provide the large-scale connectivity, extensive coverage and high-bandwidth service needed for Elektro to extend the reach of its network out into their distribution grid, making the grid much smarter.

“This future-proof solution will also provide an evolution path to 5G technology in the future, which will offer an array of additional capabilities to keep pace with the fast-evolving utility market.”

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