The telecommunications service provider in Balcarce, Argentina, Alvis SA has tapped Nokia for the deployment of a 4G/LTE and 5G-ready network to boost connectivity for underserved communities and businesses across the country.
As part of the project, deployment will cover 36 unconnected rural areas across Argentina, bridging the digital divide and opening new revenue streams for the operators as well citizens, said a press release from the Finnish multinational telecommunications company.
"It is the first combined deployment of 450 MHz (commercially) and 410 MHz (as a trial) spectrum bands in Latin America — leveraging the combined bands’ long-range to support various Industry 4.0 transformational use cases in agriculture, energy distribution, security, and localization services (equipment or people) in rural areas," said the release.
Nokia has recently deployed two similar 400 MHz LTE networks in Europe and the Middle East. The new network will support numerous upcoming opportunities in Industry 4.0 as well several innovative projects for agribusiness and utilities, among other verticals currently being reviewed by ALVIS.
Marcelo Dumanjó, CEO of ALVIS, said: “The network will allow us to provide internet service in suburban and rural areas; connecting equipment, fixed installations, machinery (harvesters, tractors, seeders, trucks), silobags and weather stations, for example. It will also address other fixed and mobile connection needs for service where it was not possible before, capturing a range of efficiencies. Nokia's world leadership in LTE technology applied to fixed and mobile networks provides reliability, sustainability, and long-term technological updates to give our customers access to a reliable and cost-efficient connectivity service.”