O3b Networks, RigNet and Modec are to provide ‘fiber-equivalent’ satellite connectivity to Brazilian FPSOs. The broadband communications solution will connect Modec’s FPSOs with onshore ‘advanced collaborative environments.’ O3b’s medium earth orbit satellite network replaces a previous solution based on geostationary satellites and has resulted in a ‘75% reduction in latency.’ O3b is a wholly owned subsidiary of SES*.
Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC) is to use Intelsat’s satellite solutions to support oil and gas operations throughout Saudi Arabia. The multi-year agreement provides VSAT connectivity via Intelsat’s 10-02 geostationary satellite located at 1° West. More from Intelsat.
ExactEarth has partnered with Harris Corp. to deliver a real-time ship tracking solution by optimizing a global satellite constellation for AIS. The ExactView RT solution provides global satellite coverage from 58 hosted payloads in the Iridium Next constellation, inter-satellite communication for real time AIS positioning, patented message processing and a customizable maritime VHF receiver architecture. The first launch is scheduled for early 2016 and the constellation is to be completed in 2017. More from Iridium Next.
A recent report from Navigant Research* puts the market for communications subscription services and equipment for upstream oil and gas at ‘nearly $2.3 billion’ in 2025, driven by the ‘potential for real savings and efficiency gains thanks to digital oilfield applications and connectivity.’ Most new drilling and production sites will have modern communications installed at the outset.
Apax Partners is to acquire Telemar from its current shareholders. The unit will combine with Marlink, acquired earlier this year, to create the ‘world’s leading maritime communications, digital solutions and servicing specialist’ for all offshore segments.
* Formerly Société Européenne des Satellites.
** Communications Technologies for Digital Oilfields.
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