Bahrain EWA picks Nokia to digitize distribution network

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) has selected Finland-based multinational telecommunications company, Nokia to build a secure, private LTE network (pLTE) to modernize the Authority’s 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 to automate its 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.

Kamal Ballout
Kamal Ballout
Head – Enterprise Sales Nokia-MEA

“Private LTE is enabling utility organizations around the world to simplify networks management and use automation to bring down costs. We are committed to modernizing and upgrading EWA’s distribution systems for better performance and reliability. Our end-to-end portfolio allows us to provide reliable and ultra-high-speed broadband wireless networking to our utility customers.”

Commenting on the selection of Nokia, EWA said, “We are committed to using the latest, secure technologies to ensure greater operational efficiency, which translates to improved customer service. Nokia is a global technology leader, and we are delighted to partner with them on this crucial project to modernize and digitalize our distribution network. It also paves the way for smoother adoption of IoT products to provide smart services in the future.”

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 standardization on 410 MHz Band B87 which is specifically for industrial use for private LTE connectivity.

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