Arçelik selects Nokia, Türk Telekom for 5G private wireless

Arçelik selects Nokia, Türk Telekom for 5G private wireless network

16 June 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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Arçelik Global, a provider of consumer durables and electronics, has signed a strategic agreement with Nokia and Türk Telekom to deploy the first private wireless network in Turkey.

Under the terms of the partnership, the 5G-ready private wireless network will be deployed at Arçelik’s Çayırova-based washing machine manufacturing facility. Leveraging Nokia technology, the 5G-ready network will create a platform for Arcelik to accelerate its digital transformation and deliver 4.0 use cases.

“We have identified more than 30 further use cases where this future-proofed 5G-ready private wireless network can help drive productivity, boost efficiency and enhance safety,” said Utku Barış Pazar, chief strategy and digital officer at Arçelik.

“We look forward to partnering with Nokia and Türk Telekom to establish private wireless as an integral part of our Digital Manufacturing Systems strategy.”

Once live, the network will support high-accuracy indoor positioning for real-time asset location tracking as well as enabling new video analytics-based applications for site safety and security.

Additional use cases include augmented and virtual reality, digital twins, inventory control, safety and facility management, quality control, high-resolution video for remote inspection, and facility-wide voice and video communication.

Under the terms of agreement, Nokia will also provide solution design, deployment and on-going managed services. While Turk Telekom will provide 4.9G/LTE spectrum as well as the project end-to-end management and governance model.

“Türk Telekom's role in the implementation of the first private wireless network in Turkey is an important milestone,” said Mustafa Eser, corporate sales deputy general manager, Türk Telekom

“Arçelik's top competencies in manufacturing digitalization, Türk Telekom's leadership in connectivity and network technologies, and Nokia's international experience came together to form the new generation ‘Smart Factory’ project. This project will be one of the indicators of Turkey's digitalization in the field of manufacturing.”

Specifically, Nokia will provide private wireless infrastructure based on the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC), which is a digitalization platform that enables high-bandwidth, low-latency, private networking. It also incorporates local edge computing capabilities, voice and video services and a catalogue of digital-enabled applications.

Overall, Nokia DAC comprises network and user equipment, a cloud-based operation monitoring system and industrial connectors for seamless protocol connectivity. It also features new device management capability that integrates ruggedized handhelds and other wireless devices.

“Arçelik has a highly progressive approach to introducing latest innovations into its manufacturing practices and workflows,” said Raghav Sahgal, president of Nokia Cloud and Network Services.

“Deployment of the first private 5G-ready network in Turkey for Arçelik is a major step forward in both its approach to manufacturing digitalisation, and as an inspiring example of innovation in the region.”