The African mining industry is a significant driver of its economic development. The industry then needs to use the latest and the best-in-class connectivity options to enhance operational efficiency and ensure the safety of miners and assets.
Mines are typically in remote locations and demand a reliable, secure and robust communications system. The LTE technology has emerged as a technology of choice for providing connectivity to the mining industry.
The LTE networks not only meet the requirements of mining industry for mission-critical operations but also enable them to benefit by adopting automated applications to improve operational efficiency.
The 4G networks help them to drive down production cost, enhance safety and increase overall productivity. LTE is also a more spectral efficient technology allowing the firms to maximize the benefit from available resources. With latency of as low as 10 milliseconds, LTE is especially suited to support mission-critical applications. LTE also provides better coverage in both, indoor and outdoor environment, which ensures better connectivity to miners who spend a considerable amount of time underground. Further, it allows prioritization, which is especially relevant for this industry.
The current solutions are bulky, expensive and difficult to deploy. The LTE-powered Bring-Your-Own-Coverage solution with its self-organisation, self-healing and self-configuration capabilities is perfectly suited to meet the needs of the mining industry. It is easy to deploy and manage. The self-optimisation and traffic prioritisation capabilities ensure that the user is always connected. It can literally be the difference between life and death!