RigNet, Inc. has deployed its first deepwater 4G LTE system in the Gulf of Mexico, dramatically increasing capacity to its licensed 4G wireless network for the region’s oil and gas customers.
For the past 21 years, RigNet’s network in the GOM has delivered carrier-class services to the oil and gas industry servicing more than 300 facilities from Texas to Alabama. RigNet’s connectivity solutions exceed 100 Mbps.
The new 4G LTE system expands and increases RigNet’s capabilities to deliver business grade services to deep water locations in the remote area of the Green Canyon field. Along with the LTE deployment, RigNet has increased the capacity of its wireless Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network threefold. The current capacity combined with peak aggregate speeds at RigNet’s five beach landing locations exceeding one gigabit of throughput. This additional capacity along the coast will fortify the already robust network to ensure that customer’s future capacity requirements and critical Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are fully satisfied.
RigNet said its resilient wireless network is designed for the highest service availability using carrier-class grade equipment designed over a MPLS fully redundant multi-mesh licensed wireless transport. The network is completely interconnected with disaster recovery data centers that provide multiple routing options for services during normal operations, adverse weather conditions as well as power outages. RigNet can also supply battery backup solutions or solar power systems capable of providing extended coverage during platform power outages.
RigNet monitors, manages and maintains this network with its 24/7 Global Network Operations Center to ensure network performance meets and exceeds customer SLAs. RigNet also maintains a full-time maintenance helicopter and dedicated team of trained and certified personnel to support wireless engineering, maintenance and disaster recovery when needed.