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Nokia to Provide Critical Communications Network to Northern California Water and Power Utility

Nokia to Provide Critical Communications Network to Northern California Water and Power Utility
July 18
17:34 2017

Nokia recently announced that it has secured an agreement to equip the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) with an advanced communications network. Having already serviced more than 200 power utilities worldwide with mission-critical networks, the deal is of particular importance to Nokia as it is the company’s first public agreement with a water utility.

The PCWA is a crucial water resource agency for the Northern California region. It manages the supply of water to more than 20,000 customers and annual hydro-electric production of an estimated one million megawatt hours across the 1,500- square mile area between the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Nokia subsidiary, SAC Wireless will manage the overall construction and deployment of the network. The company plans to upgrade PCWA’S aging communications infrastructure with a modern Internet-Protocol/Multi-protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) and packet microwave network. This will provide a multitude of critical utility applications and enable PCWA to utilize power generation, water resources, and water supply in an efficient manner.

Kamal Ballout, head of the Global Energy Segment for Nokia, elaborates:

 “Nokia has invested heavily in recent years on addressing the unique requirements of utilities for modernizing and converging their communications in order to enhance operational efficiency, reliability and safety. We are thrilled that PCWA has put their trust in Nokia to play such an important role in meeting the needs of their customers.”


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