Espoo, Finland. February 14, 2022 – nokia announced that it has signed a contract with 450connect, a joint venture backed by German energy and water companies, to build its nationwide LTE450 radio network. The agreement will cover the supply of radio system technology for the 450 MHz network, including core technology, radio stations, microwave radio links for the backhaul network and backup power systems. Nokia will manage the delivery and performance of all LTE components, including maintenance services, until 2040.
In March 2021, 450connect GmbH was awarded the 450 MHz frequencies until 2040 by the Federal Network Agency. With 450connect’s new nationwide, highly available and secure LTE450 radio network, critical infrastructure operators will receive the platform they need to digitize their infrastructure, implement the energy transition to decarbonization and further secure supply. energy.
Nokia LTE450 technology is perfectly suited to achieve wide coverage and leverage services such as voice and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications or Internet of Things applications for critical infrastructure. This private, industrial-grade LTE/LTE-M solution is optimized for M2M applications and mission-critical voice communications.
Carsten Ullrich, CEO of 450connect, said: “Given the major challenges of building the 450 MHz platform, we are delighted to have Nokia as a strong and capable partner by our side over the long term, with which we can meet the high technical requirements of our critical infrastructure operator customers.
Dirk Lewandowski, Vice President Central and Eastern Europe, Nokia Enterprise, said: “The task of digitizing Germany’s critical infrastructure is of enormous strategic importance. Nokia can make an important contribution to securing this country’s energy supply through its private, industrial-grade 450 MHz LTE network, especially given the challenges posed by the energy transition towards decarbonization and decentralization. We look forward to a close and trusting cooperation with 450connect on this long-term and important project for the Federal Republic of Germany.
Due to the high demand for highly available and resilient communications, both parties agreed to a rapid implementation of the radio network. The first end-to-end tests will take place in the field by mid-2022 to ensure performance for the upcoming deployment. The radio services will be offered in the first regions of Germany in 2023. Nationwide rollout will take place by 2025.
Nokia solution includes geo-redundant LTE cores, RAN network, Nokia Wavence microwave radio link, management solution and installation, commissioning, integration, training and support services . In addition, 20 years of life cycle management of this critical network will be provided by Nokia.