The Port of Kokkola, the third largest 'general' port in Finland, will deploy a private LTE networking solution, becoming the third Finnish port to use such a solution after the Ports of Oulu and HaminaKotka.

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The private LTE network will use the local 2.6 GHz radio band, provided to the port by Ukkoverkot as part of the deal. Ukkoverkot has both 450 MHz and 2.6 GHz holdings for industrial and public safety networks, while the Kokkola network will utilize of Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud.

The port will be the micro-operator, providing private wireless network connectivity to local companies within the port area, as well as for operating its own port activities.

Moreover, the agreed network aims to enhance capacity, usability and coverage, and will eventually extend to cover computing, automation, and artificial intelligence.

According to Nokia, operators will be able to benefit from large pools of industrial IoT data, in order to carry out more intelligent and efficient operations.