Ligado, Nokia Expand Collaboration into 4G/LTE, 5G Market

Mobile communications company Ligado Networks and Nokia announced a commercial agreement to advance the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) enterprise private wireless networks solution with Ligado’s Band 24 nationwide licensed spectrum for deployment in the U.S. market.

Nokia DAC is an application platform providing edge computing capabilities in addition to the private wireless connectivity that makes use of unlicensed and licensed spectrum to deliver required bandwidth, network availability and security.

Ligado’s Band 24 mid-band spectrum is licensed for terrestrial deployment nationwide and supported by a growing roster of network infrastructure including the line of Nokia 4G/LTE and 5G base station equipment.

Ligado Chief Strategy Officer Scott Wiener said, “U.S. companies, particularly those operating critical infrastructure and systems, are increasingly implementing mobile private networks to assure reliability and security in their business operations. To serve this rapidly expanding market need, Ligado is advancing commercial efforts to deploy its 35 MHz of spectrum with market leaders like Nokia, including 3GPP standardization and ecosystem development of the company’s 1670-1675 MHz band.”

Nokia Enterprise Solutions’ Head of Devices Shkumbin Hamiti added, “We look forward to further enhancing the strength and versatility of our enterprise mobile private network infrastructure and Industrial user equipment with Ligado’s Band 24 spectrum. Nokia DAC will offer superior security and reliability for critical enterprise networks on band 24 for the utility, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and other key verticals.”

Ligado and Nokia expect to commence market engagement with enterprise customers early this year.