Ericsson turns to Yahsat for 4IR use case connectivity

29 November 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Ericsson has turned to Al Yah Satellite (Yahsat) to secure private network, data and internet connectivity services for its Industry 4.0 use cases in oil and gas, mining and ports.

The Abu Dhabi-headquartered Yahsat will provide advanced telecoms services and solutions to integrate with Ericsson's private networks solutions and devices across the three industries, paving the way for greater automation and IoT adoption.

The integrated solution offered by Yahsat and Ericsson will provide secure, reliable and low-latency local connectivity to deploy Industry 4.0 use cases on a single network while ensuring that sensitive data remains on-site.

Ali Al Hashemi, Yahsat Group CEO, said, "Leveraging our combined areas of expertise, we are confident that we will play a key role in overcoming the access and connectivity challenges facing these critical industries and further build upon our strong value proposition to prime customer segments, regionally and internationally”.

By their nature, activities around oil and gas, mining and ports are conducted in remote locations – but that isn't the end of the challenges.

The lack of network separation for communications, high running costs, and data speed and coverage limitations are just some of the common barriers Yahsat and Ericsson are looking to tackle.

Under their collaboration both parties will co-market and expand their sales of several important applications such as remote sensing, video surveillance, UAVs and drones, geo-positioning, backhaul solutions for offshore oil rig sites, and general data connectivity. All of these are needed for automation and IoT adoption in these industries.

Åsa Tamsons (pictured), SVP and head of business area technologies and new businesses at Ericsson, added: "Ericsson has introduced private 5G networking solutions to fuel innovation and drive efficiency and sustainability across every sector. In addition, 5G enables automation, increases safety and facilitates lower carbon operations. Ericsson's private network solution, combined with Yahsat’s satellite connectivity and services, will empower advanced IoT use cases. Predictive maintenance, connected worker, augmented reality, sensor-based monitoring, and automated guided vehicles are some exciting examples."

Yahsat's satellites reach more than 80% of the global population and enable broadband, broadcasting, backhauling and other use cases.