Nokia detailed its plans to use its Digital Automation Cloud (Digital Automation Cloud) private wireless technology to provide 4G and 5G connectivity to multiple Native American communities living on American tribal territories. The first deployment will cover more than 12,000 square miles and provide broadband services to more than 15,000 tribal members.
Nokia has partnered with NewCore Wireless, which is a provider of project management, construction, and consulting services for rural network operators, with a focus on tribal operators.
Nokia said the service will be used to provide mobile and high-speed Internet services in areas where there is no connection. According to estimates by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 628,000 tribal families in the United States cannot use standard broadband.
In 2020, the U.S. government awarded 400 federally recognized tribal educations for indigenous peoples broadband service (EBS) spectrum, some of which can now own and operate their own mobile networks.
The EBS spectrum is in the 2.5GHz frequency band, which is similar to most US mobile phones compatible. Nokia’s private network is being deployed to the Standing Rock Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho people living in parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and California (Arapaho).
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