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South32 Digitizes Cannington via Telstra Partnership in North West Queensland

Mining News - Published on Tue, 10 Sep 2019

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Telstra formed a partnership with South32 for a private 4G long term evolution network at the company’s Cannington silver-lead underground mine in North West Queensland. The network is set to drive improved safety, automation and mechanisation at the site and will connect staff to vehicles and sensors around the mine at all times. Importantly, the high throughput and low latency offered by the system means that staff will be able to control critical equipment without interruption. Telstra revealed it would initially build an underground network 6.5 kilometres in length using a private, virtualised core and LTE radio technologies distributed over leaky feeder cable using LTE-capable amplifiers.

Analysis by Telstra indicated this to be the most effective solution for underground miners and is capable of adapting to the unique geology and composition of the Cannington mine. It enables access to the latest advances in 4G LTE and narrowband Internet of Thing and is also upgradeable to 5G in the future.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 10 Sep 2019
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