GE, Nokia and Qualcomm unveil first private LTE-based trial network

GE Digital, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies are designing promising technology to advance the digitization of industrial processes.

    GE Digital, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies just announced that the companies have successfully demonstrated a private LTE network for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market; meshing together each party's platforms and technologies.

    GE, Nokia and Qualcomm unveil first private LTE-based trial network

    In addition, the companies have announced plans to further research and conduct live field trials throughout 2017 based on this demonstration, designed to advance the digitization of industrial processes.

    As part of the collaboration and technology demonstration, Qualcomm Technologies will be providiong the wireless technology and device chipsets. Nokia will be providing base station infrastructure plus the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud service to run the network as an on demand private network.

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    GE will be integrating these new types of connectivity into its Predix platform - an open-architecture operating system for the Industrial Internet - to help industrial companies better manage their assets and operations, often found far from the public communications networks.

    Further, the agreements between the parties will include the installation of a private LTE network at GE Digital's headquarters in San Ramon, California, which GE will use to further develop its Predix platform.

    Commenting on the partnership, Michael Wallace, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Emerging Business, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. said, "With this collaboration, we are providing companies in the Industrial IoT space the ability to leverage the core advantages of LTE including full mobility, high data rates and coverage, predictable latency, quality of service and ease of deployment."

    On a similar note, Peter Marx, Vice President, Advanced Concepts, GE Digital stated, "Bringing LTE-based networks that use shared and unlicensed spectrum to our customers operating in remote and unpopulated locations is a powerful advancement beyond what is available today."

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    Further adding to the cmments, Stephan Litjens, GM Digital Automation, Nokia said, "Private LTE networks bring an entirely new level of advanced, low latency and robust wireless connectivity solutions into verticals and industries."

    "With this collaboration, Nokia will accelerate the promise of automated industry by supporting a 'plug n play' private LTE ecosystem. The combination of capabilities from GE, Qualcomm, and Nokia is ideal to bring the promise of analytics in end-to-end industrial IoT solutions to life."

    Besides, private LTE-based networks will enable industries and enterprises to own and manage their own LTE network without requiring licensed spectrum and still enjoy the high-performance benefits from LTE with a strong roadmap to 5G.

    Private LTE-based networks also offer the ability to customize the dedicated LTE network for the company's specific applications, such as optimizing for capacity, quality-of-service, or guaranteed latencies.

    The demonstration will be on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 27 through March 2 at Qualcomm's booth.

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