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Ericsson and Ambra sign global contract to sell 5G-ready mining industry automation

Global contract enables Ambra to sell and deliver mission-critical private network solution to mining customers


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Ericsson and Ambra Solutions have signed a global cooperation agreement to lead automation for the mining industry.

Ambra, a leader in the deployment of private LTE networks, has selected Ericsson, a communications technology company, as a radio partner to provide 5G-ready network solutions to automate ventilation systems, real-time personnel and vehicle tracking, and remote controlling of machinery, such as scoop diggers, hauler trucks, drillers, and other mining equipment.

The 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System portfolio enables Ambra, a turn-key engineering services systems integrator, to simplify network deployments and replace up to 60 Wi-Fi access points with a single Ericsson solution.

Ericsson and Ambra partnered last year to deliver the world’s deepest underground LTE network for the Agnico Eagle mining complex, LaRonde, in Abitibi, Quebec, Canada.

Located 3.5 kilometers below the surface, the mission-critical private network provides data and voice services across the LaRonde mine site and enables several Internet of Things (IoT) use cases to improve safety and mining operations.

Since then, several applications have been deployed using Ericsson solutions to deliver automation of ventilation systems, real-time personnel and vehicle tracking and remote controlling of machinery like scoop diggers, hauler trucks, drillers, and other mining equipment.

The solution is software upgradable to provide massive IoT capabilities for sensor-based applications, supports 5G-ready radio capability, and is delivered globally by Ambra and in partnership with Ericsson’s mobile network operator customers.


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