Driving Reliable Communications Deep Underground with Private LTE

Athonet Mobile Core Delivers High Performance and Resiliency

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The Customer

The customer is Zinkgruvan Mining, an international mining company.

The Challenge

Rising labor costs, increasing safety requirements, non-availability of skilled personnel and the need for greater operational efficiencies are leading to massive digitalization of mine operations.

These digital changes include video-enabled communications for health and safety and the need for a high performance and low-latency communications network for remote operations and monitoring of mining equipment, asset and human tracking.

Additionally, the mine wishes to achieve greater energy conservation for example through efficient use of energy intensive equipment such as ventilators. The mine needed a secure, highly reliable wireless network to support these efforts.

Introduction

Underground mining is a dangerous and complex human activity, where digitalization using mobile technologies can bring large benefits in worker safety, operational efficiency and return on investment.

This international mining company operating a northern European underground mine partnered with a leading European mobile operator to provide Private LTE connectivity at the mine, which employs over 400 people. This international mining company partnered with a leading European mobile operator to provide Private LTE connectivity at one of its northern European underground mines it operated. This mine employs over 400 people.

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