The 5G network developed by Nokia will enable secure voice and video communications, and remote machine operations over 4K video links between deep underground and the surface control centre, said the firms.
The Nokia standalone (SA) network will use the firm's Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) system, an edge centric and cloud-enabled platform for real-time, business-critical applications.
"By deploying a Nokia 5G SA private wireless network with Nokia Digital Automation Cloud, we can trial and showcase an entirely new range of game-changing products and capabilities here in our Tampere test mine," said Patrick Murphy, president, Rock Drills and Technologies, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.
"As we work with our customers to help them leverage technology to digitalize their operations, the introduction of 5G opens the door to new opportunities in robotics, remote and autonomous operations, full-fleet automation, analytics and enhanced safety. As such, it comprises a breakthrough in the digital transformation of mining."
Stephan Litjens, general manager, Nokia Digital Automation Cloud, said: "It's an honour to work with a world-class company such as Sandvik on leading-edge digital automation solutions for the mining industry. With 5G SA [standalone], its high speed, low latency performance, and edge computing, the next steps on this journey can be taken.
"Through our plug-and-play Nokia DAC platform we're supporting Sandvik to realize not only its own digital transformation goals, but also those of the wider industry as it continues to deliver value to mining customers worldwide."