Shaw Business announced the deployment of western Canada’s first-ever industrial-grade Private LTE network for mining systems for Teck Resources, providing significantly greater coverage and connectivity at Teck’s Elkview Operations in British Columbia. Developed by Shaw in partnership with Nokia, western Canada’s first Private LTE network for mining systems was created to support the deployment of Teck’s RACE21 program designed to transform how the company mines coal by harnessing technology and innovation.

The industrial-grade, 5G-ready private LTE network, which will be built exclusively for Teck, will provide greater coverage and reliability as compared to the traditional, non-dedicated wireless networks currently offered by competitors in the marketplace. Additionally, this new Private LTE network will help Teck deliver significant value and efficiencies at their Elkview operations. Teck is also looking at opportunities for using 5G-ready private LTE network technology at other operations.

“Teck’s RACE21 program aims to generate new value, reduce operating costs and significantly improve safety, sustainability and productivity at our operations, and improving network infrastructure will support achieving those goals,” said Andrew Milner, senior vice president and chief transformation officer, Teck.

Shaw Business leveraged its licensed spectrum portfolio and experienced technical staff to build the 5G-ready private LTE network. Because it is fully private, Teck can operate mission critical applications without the conflict of any outside IT and operations constraints that are prevalent in similar non-dedicated wireless networks.

“This is a giant step forward for global 5G innovation,” said Jeffrey Maddox, president, Nokia Canada. “In partnership with Shaw, we are deploying our industrial-grade private LTE networking solutions to provide the powerful, scalable, and flexible capabilities of a private, dedicated network to Teck. Nokia’s 5G-ready private wireless portfolio enables Teck to be future-proofed for years to come — allowing for significant digital transformation in the mining industry and beyond.”