Utility Provider Cleco Upgrades Legacy Radio to Nokia's Wavence Microwave Transport

Utility Provider Cleco Upgrades Legacy Radio to Nokia's Wavence Microwave Transport Image Credit: Nokia

Nokia has been selected by Cleco to replace a legacy hybrid radio equipment with its Wavence microwave packet radio portfolio.

Cleco is a utility company headquartered in Pineville, Louisiana that serves approximately 288,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The new network is based on Nokia's microwave packet radio technology and its new Microwave Packet Transceiver Plus (MPT-HLC Plus), designed to deliver the reliability and performance needed to support Cleco's expanding capacity needs, while providing the scalability and flexibility to enable it to introduce new services in the future.

Nokia was selected to provide the backhaul of Cleco's digital mobile radio system that is critical to the safety of its customers and more than 1,300 employees. By moving to an all packet-based architecture, Cleco is also able to increase its operational efficiency.

Robert Mathews, Manager of Telecommunications Services, Cleco
Nokia's Network Services Platform brings network management under one umbrella, simplifying Cleco's provisioning and troubleshooting processes across our IP/MPLS and microwave networks, as well as helping us ensure reliable communications to support our customers and employees.

Chris Kent, VP, U.S. Energy & Transportation, Nokia
Nokia understands the needs of mission-critical communication businesses like Cleco, and has dedicated a great deal of effort to ensuring that our packet microwave technology can meet the requirements today..

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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