MTS and Ericsson deploy distributed Private LTE network with advanced digital services for Gazprom Neft
Moscow, Russia – MTS (NYSE: MBT, MOEX: MTSS) and Gazprom Neft have deployed Russia’s first Private LTE network(1) for oil industry at geographically distributed sites with a single digital services control center based on edge computing concept(2). The Private LTE network is deployed in 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands on Ericsson 5G-ready equipment, including Ericsson Radio System products for macro networks, as well as Enterprise Core.
The network is deployed at Palyanovskoye field in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Gladkoye oil depot in the Leningrad Region and the industrial zone in Muravlenko in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug with a single communication center at Gazprom Neft Technopark in St. Petersburg. Voice communication, video surveillance, telemetry (data transmission from sensors at production facilities), geolocation (obtaining information about subscribers’ location, video cameras and sensors) and audiovisual assistant system using AR helmet to control progress of technological works are organized at the sites. Development and further scaling of digital services combined in a high speed and noise immune Private LTE network can improve remote equipment control and efficiency of remote production control at enterprises of Gazprom Neft.
Dmitry Khalin, Vice President, Cloud and Digital Solutions, MTS, says: “For the first time in Russia, we have developed the high speed dedicated wireless network with a complex distributed architecture for a large oil production enterprise, which united critical services through a single control center at heterogeneous production sites located thousands of kilometers from each other. The uniqueness of the project is that during the network deployment we used several switching cores located directly at the sites, which significantly increases reliability and fault tolerance of the entire system controlling process at the enterprise”.
Kirill Pozdnyakov, General Director, Gazpromneft Information Technology Operator, says: “Digital transformation challenges the IT community to provide facilities with reliable, secure data transmission technologies. For this reason, we are focused on Private LTE and future 5G networks. This is first successful experience for Gazprom Neft in building geo-distributed dedicated LTE network. Taking into account the wide geography of the company's activities, our own network has great importance and prospects. "
Alexander Romanov, Head of Private LTE Networks, Ericsson Russia, says: “Private Networks LTE are becoming a platform that digitalizes business in a wide variety of industries. According to Ericsson's experience in deploying networks around the world, LTE and 5G technologies allow to optimize business processes “on the fly”, taking into account a particular industry’s specifics and all requirements of enterprise information security”.
Gazprom Neft is considering a possibility to replicate digital services linked by high speed Private LTE network and plans to develop a corporate data network with corporate-wide architecture.
The Private LTE network is deployed in 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands on Ericsson’s equipment, including Enterprise Core 5G ready and Ericsson Radio System products for macro or large-scale networks. Ericsson equipment simultaneously supports LTE and 5G technologies, and allows quickly change network’s topology and capacity to perform a wide range of technological tasks requiring low latency and high-data speeds.
In October 2020, MTS StartUp Hub and Gazprom Neft StartupDrive accelerator agreed to organize pilot projects for residents of 5G Center at Gazprom Neft and pilot solutions from the StartupDrive accelerator in MTS.
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1 A dedicated (private) wireless network, designed to solve critical technological problems, unites various elements of the production ecosystem and enterprise IT infrastructure into a common closed circuit. This ensures stability, increased reliability and security of all elements in IT system.
2 Placement of cloud IT resources for network virtualization as close as possible to end users, at the edge of the operator's network.