Ericsson and Ambra Solutions Deliver Deepest LTE Network in Canadian Mine

LTE cellular networks can provide data and voice mobility services over low frequency bands

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Ericsson and Ambra Solutions have worked together to deliver Canada's deepest underground LTE network for the Agnico Eagle mining site, LaRonde in Abitibi, Quebec.

Located three kilometers below the surface, the LTE network will provide data and voice mobility services across the site and enable several Internet of Things (IoT) use cases to improve safety and mining operations.

LTE cellular networks can provide data and voice mobility services over low frequency bands that allow a better propagation than any other available technology, delivering faster, more advanced wireless technology. The network in LaRonde is utilizing band 5 at 850MHz. Ambra is the only Canadian operator deploying private LTE networks in underground mines.

The solution is based on the latest Ericsson Radio System portfolio of basebands and radio units, software upgradable to provide Massive IoT capabilities for sensor-based applications and support 5G New Radio (NR) capability.

Eric L'Heureux, CEO, Ambra Solutions, says: "The LTE technology is the most cost effective and reliable solution to provide real-time coverage to several kilometers of underground tunnels. A single LTE radio can cover up to 6 km of tunnel, whereas it would take over 60 active Wi-Fi access points to cover the same area."



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