Stabilized Microwave service extends Gulf of Mexico network

Inmarsat has introduced a new 'Stabilized Microwave' service to extend the reach of its industry-leading Gulf of Mexico network to deep-water structures.

The new service will offer higher bandwidth and lower latency, enabling customers to experience the same quality of service as they would in their on-shore offices.

It has been developed in conjunction with Broadband Antenna Tracking Systems (BATS) and LLOG Exploration.

Stabilization systems
BATS is one of the world's leading innovators of antenna aiming, tracking, and stabilization systems. LLOG is the leading privately-owned exploration and production company in the Gulf of Mexico.

Stabilized Microwave is initially being deployed in the Mississippi Canyon Field in the Gulf of Mexico, but will also have a beneficial impact on operators in other deep water areas.

The innovative technology will enable Inmarsat to expand its microwave network into the much deeper waters off the shelf of the Gulf.

Last mile
The new service is delivered through a last- mile radio link from Inmarsat's network backbone to LLOG's MC-547 Who Dat platform, utilizing a stabilized remote terminal looking back to a fixed microwave dish.

The stabilized system was produced by BATS and, combined with standard microwave radios connecting to Inmarsat's core network, delivers a high-bandwidth, low-latency service.

The system has been functioning with good quality since installation,” said Gary Miller, Production Superintendent at LLOG Exploration.

Positive result
“Voice quality over the system has been the favourite attribute from the crew, although the capacity and speed of the system is another positive result over the previous VSAT system.”

Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Vice President, Inmarsat Enterprise Energy, said: “Inmarsat has partnered with BATS to expand our service coverage capabilities in the Gulf of Mexico.

“By deploying their stabilized antenna system, we are able to extend broadband connectivity from our offshore microwave infrastructure to non-fixed and mobile locations that would normally be unable to receive these services.”

Increased demand
Phil Cramer, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at BATS, said: “As the energy industry increases its demand for bandwidth, organizations are increasingly looking toward innovative technologies to enhance their infrastructure.

“We are excited to be working with Inmarsat to deliver to these organizations solutions that will add flexibility, capability, and control to their maritime networks.”

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