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Nokia makes inroads into private LTE

29 November 2018

Nokia has reported active and serious discussions with multiple major airports in Europe, North America, and Asia on adopting its private Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network solution, as an alternative to legacy trunked radio and WiFi.

A pending auction of licences for the high-frequency wireless spectrum could promote private LTE adoption by US airports, according to Nokia practice head for aviation Richard van Wijk.

The disruptive approach from Nokia is based on private 4G LTE as the operations network for an airport. Van Wijk said private 4G LTE can deliver wide-area airfield coverage for voice and data. He believes private LTE can become the wireless foundation for airports in the years to come, with the evolution of 5G.

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