Innovative mobile connectivity helps improve control, performance, and security

Private cellular network from AT&T and Accenture brings network improvements to a major refinery

by Stephen Jemente, Director of Energy and Utilities Solutions, AT&T Business

An Oil and Gas leader invited Accenture to address cellular performance gaps with its existing public cellular network near one of its refineries in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. The private cellular network — a local cellular network that includes cell sites and core network servers that support the connectivity of a specific organization’s requirements — was selected as a proof of concept to demonstrate the ability to handle increased mobile connectivity needs from the ongoing company’s digital transformation initiatives. The proof of concept private network was designed from the ground up to address their industrial digital requirements.

Accenture worked with AT&T as the telecommunications provider to develop the necessary engineering for a dedicated cellular network solution, using Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) across licensed spectrum. The solution will lay the foundation for potential future 5G use cases, including support for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and low latency applications.

Reliable connectivity is accelerating business transformation and enabling companies to innovate faster than ever before. The AT&T MEC solution will help give this leader in the Oil and Gas industry the control, performance, and security they need from a private network at this site today, while also giving them the flexibility to expand to their other locations in the future.

Private cellular networks can be uniquely beneficial to the industry. Capable of addressing coverage gaps at remote locations, the additional coverage can increase performance, enable higher device density, improve latency, and increase reliability over the breadth of a specified footprint. Deployed with dedicated AT&T equipment that provides device and data capacity, private cellular networks enable more robust, built-in security and controls.

How do you know if private cellular network is right for your business? Read more about how Accenture and AT&T Business are bringing connectivity to this Oil and Gas leader or find out how AT&T Private Cellular Networks and AT&T Multi-Access Edge Computing can help you achieve more flexibility, control, and security.

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