Nokia has deployed a private LTE network for Australia's largest onshore oil producer.

The Finland-based vendor said it had teamed up with local systems integrator Challenge Networks to deliver the service for Beach Energy.

Nokia provided base stations and small cells tech as part of the deal, financial details of which were not disclosed.

In common with rivals, it is increasingly looking to outside of the telecoms sector for growth.

[Read more: Nokia lands 8-year German GSM-R contract]

Nokia saw revenues decline in the third quarter, which it blamed on falling sales in North America and Europe.

The company, which has completed its takeover of Alcatel-Lucent, will begin trading as the “new” Nokia later this week.

Ray Owen, Head of Singapore, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand at Nokia Networks, said: “In addition to highlighting our capabilities in deploying private LTE networks, this project is a strong reiteration of our commitment to empower one of the core sectors of the Australian economy with our radio technology.

“It also underlines our focus on fostering and developing robust solution partnerships with an extensive ecosystem of partners like Challenge Networks, which has the complementary strengths and local knowledge to provide solutions perfectly tailored to customer requirements.”

Neil Gibbins, Acting CEO of Beach Energy, said: “The new LTE network allows our staff to access key systems, facilities and production information, making operations more efficient, saving money and significantly enhancing safety.”

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