National grid operator PGE Systemy and Nokia create world’s first 5G private network

The private wireless network will potentially support 15,000-20,000 private radio users as well as wireless connectivity for up to 14 million smart meters. Starline / Freepik

Nokia and PGE Systemy have created the world’s first 5G private network for power grid operators.

The Finnish telecommunications and information technology company and PGE Systemy, the communications and IT company for Poland’s national grid operator, said that a proof of concept project being tested since April last year had been a success and can be rolled out internationally.

Andrzej Piotrowski, Vice-President of PGE Systemy, said: “The Nokia proof of concept has demonstrated that it will meet our needs in terms of coverage, service quality, resilience and long-term availability.”Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Andrzej Piotrowski, Vice-President of PGE Systemy, said: “Poland has a strong concern to digitalize our energy grid because further integration of renewables with grid as well as conversion to distributed energy systems requires ubiquitous, reliable and safe communications.

“Private wireless operating in the 450 MHz range is the communications technology of choice for the energy sector right across Europe, which ensures support from industry suppliers.

“The Nokia proof of concept has demonstrated that it will meet our needs in terms of coverage, service quality, resilience and long-term availability.”  

Chris Johnson, Vice-President of Nokia’s Enterprise business, said: “Nokia has a big commitment to Poland’s communications infrastructure with over 6,000 employees in the country working in our R&D centres, developing our newest technologies, including 4.9G and 5G.”Press materials

PGE Systemy will use the infrastructure to further develop its country-wide critical communications network.

The final private wireless network will potentially support 15,000-20,000 private radio users over LTE/4.9G, as well as wireless connectivity for up to 14 million smart meters and 35,000 existing and future SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) connections.

The 450 MHz band is the recommended standard for all EU power grid operators and will be used by the common EU energy market trading system.

The companies said that a proof of concept project being tested since April last year had been a success and that it can be rolled out internationally.Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

Chris Johnson, Vice-President of Nokia’s Enterprise business, said: “Nokia has a big commitment to Poland’s communications infrastructure with over 6,000 employees in the country working in our R&D centres, developing our newest technologies, including 4.9G and 5G.

“Thus, we are very pleased to be providing further support for the digitalization of the Polish electrical grid by PGE Systemy.

“Nokia’s proof of concept, 5G-ready private network has ably demonstrated the superiority of cellular systems for mission-critical and machine-to-machine communications in these advanced applications.”