Athonet and AMBRA deploy PriMo Mobile Core and IMS for Canada’s first LTE network in an underground mine


Montreal, April 10th 2018 – Athonet and Ambra partnered to deliver Canada’s first underground LTE network in the Agnico Eagle’s LaRonde Mine in Abitibi, Quebec.
Underground mining represents one of the most challenging and demanding  environments to provide mission critical communication services. In recent years, mine  operators have sought more advanced technologies that can provide superior  broadband solutions. When Agnico Eagle decided to implement an underground means  of communication for the LaRonde Zone 5 project, they chose to deploy a private LTE  network underground using the Athonet mobile core network solution engineered and  deployed by system integrator AMBRA. 

Previously, the biggest barrier to the deployment of a sophisticated mission-critical LTE  network such as this for an enterprise has been the cost and complexity of the LTE  mobile core network which was only affordable at the scale of national mobile operators and often tied to proprietary technology. By replacing the complex hardware-based, monolithic and proprietary architecture of legacy network providers with a fully software-based network running on standard off-the-shelf hardware and an easy-to-use web-based management, Athonet has driven down the cost and complexity by an order of magnitude while maintaining the leading-edge features found in a national network operator. 

Athonet’s solution is unique as it is very agile and lightweight yet already built with support for mission-critical (MC-PTT, Rel13/14) and 5G (e.g. user plane/ control plane separation) features. The LaRonde solution comprises a complete mobile core (EPC and IMS) system which is connected to multiple base stations (eNBs) that propagate a signal through many kilometers of tunnels, to support off-the shelf smartphones and devices. The EPC (Enhanced Packet Core) and IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem for Voice-over-LTE and Video-over-LTE) provide a seamless and secure extension of the corporate voice and data network. 


About Athonet 
Athonet provides a 5G-Ready fully in-house developed 100% software-based mobile core for voice and data networks that runs in public & private clouds, virtualized or enterprise data center environments using standard commercial off-the-shelf hardware.

Together with Athonet’s EPC, IMS for VoLTE, NB-IoT and eMBMS solutions, the Athonet platform allows wireless operators and end-users to break free from the restrictive, complex and expensive architecture of legacy solutions and embrace the true potential of mobile networks – capturing new sources of revenue whilst also massively reducing capex and opex. Athonet is a winner of the GSMA Global Mobile Awards in 2016 and its solutions are used by network operators, governments and enterprises across the world. 

About Ambra Solutions 
Ambra Solutions provides telecom engineering services and deploys carrier grade networks for mission critical applications. The company provides turnkey solutions for mining, oil and gas and utilities customers including LTE spectrum, customized SIM cards, RF design and full integration of LTE core with existing corporate networks. 

About Agnico Eagle 
Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company with eight mines in Canada, Finland, and Mexico. LaRonde is Agnico Eagle’s flagship mine, located in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec. LaRonde has produced more than 5 million ounces of gold since it opened in 1988.