Bahrain telco Batelco has selected Finnish vendor Nokia to provide 5G private solutions across the country.

Batelco, which is part of Beyon Group, noted that it's looking to expand services beyond the current 5G public network by introducing 5G private wireless network solutions to a range of mission-critical industries.

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The company mentions industries including oil and gas, power and electricity, manufacturing, and ports.

To support this, Nokia will provide technologies such as Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) and Modular Private Wireless (MPW).

“Through this partnership, we have harnessed the full potential of our market expertise while leveraging Nokia’s unparalleled global experience," said Maitham Abdulla, CEO Batelco.

"The result is the introduction of powerful private wireless networks to Bahrain’s mission-critical industries. The availability of high-performance connectivity solutions will initiate  a new era of network usage, transforming worker safety outcomes, fostering innovation, and increasing revenue streams across diverse sectors.”

Nokia has signed a number of private 5G network deals, including a €20.5 million ($22.2m) contract with Spanish telco Cellnex to build private 5G and public 5G networks for Spanish rail infrastructure operator Adif Alta Velocidad (Adif AV) last January.

In October, Nokia announced plans to deploy a private network at a Jamaican port, while it revealed in June that it's working with Telefónica to sell private LTE and 5G wireless networks together in Latin America. These private networks will be used to support industries across the continent such as ports, mining, energy, and manufacturing.