Polish telecommunications provider Orange Polska (Orange Poland) has deployed private LTE and 5G networks at Nokia's factory and R&D facility in the city of Bydgoszcz.
According to a press note from Orange Polska, the network will cover the entire 13,000 square metre facility, providing the location’s 6,000 employees with access to faster, more reliable communications. This, in turn, will enable numerous efficiency improvements within the factory itself, including facilitating automated guided vehicles to transport products internally, drones for surveillance and monitoring, and the widespread deployment of IoT devices.
"Private 5G networks are undoubtedly the future of an effective industry. I am glad that we can boast a unique experience on the Polish market, collected during the implementation of already operating implementations of this type, which pay off in subsequent projects, such as the one with Nokia. It is a solution enabling the maximum adjustment of communication to the customer's needs, safe and increasing the efficiency of processes," said Julien Ducarroz, president of Orange Polska.
The key element of the system, apart from the access network in 4 and 5G technology, is the edge server, i.e. a platform for configuration, management, monitoring, and hosting of networks and applications, as well as a place for data storage and processing, said the release.
The network is completely private – there is no integration with Orange Polska’s wide area network. “It is inaccessible to other, unauthorized users and allows you to quickly deploy and run new factory-specific applications,” noted Orange. “Such separation of services is possible thanks to dedicated SIM cards.”
"Nokia has extensive experience in creating private campus networks in 4G LTE and 5G technologies, and the solution that we have implemented together with Orange in our Bydgoszcz headquarters guarantees a very high level of security and flexibility of our activities. Together with our partner - Orange, we are opening a new stage in the development of our factory of the future, offering a better on-site experience and ensuring our efficiency and competitiveness," said Piotr Binda, Customer Team Head Europe East at Nokia.