Technology - Stream 2

Private 4G/5G networks – high capacity & secure connectivity to remote areas

Theatre 2 18 October 2023 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

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Mal Jones
Marek Jaworski

An overview of the project to expand the Private LTE Network Coverage for Rio Tinto Aluminium Weipa Bauxite mine in far North Queensland. The business drivers for the project required a significant coverage expansion of the network to be completed within 6 months before mining operational costs would be impacted.

The project scope included design and build of a new 60M tower, RF design and implementation for a new private LTE Macro site, redundant microwave links, integration and expansion to the complex IPMPLS network and EPC core.

The presentation talks about the difficulties of working in Weipa and how the project was successfully  delivered within aggressive timelines for the business which required the partnering of the individual specialist companies, each contributing their own areas of domain expertise.

The close of the presentation provides a look ahead to the most recent technologies that are now influencing the way we are solving the problems with lower cost and often less complexity.