BlackHawk Datacom announces Tampnet Partnership for 4G/LTE Services in the Gulf of Mexico
Lafayette, Louisiana April 28, 2017
BlackHawk Datacom, a highly-specialized provider of telecommunications, security and process automation solutions to the Oil & Gas, Maritime and Utility industries announced today its partnership agreement with Tampnet. This partnership will enable BlackHawk to leverage the advantages of offshore 4G LTE connectivity for next generation solutions for their customers.
Tampnet, Inc. is in the process of building a cutting edge, full scale carrier grade 4G/LTE system in the Gulf of Mexico. The LTE network is being built on a high-speed, low latency backhaul infrastructure consisting of 1200km of subsea fiber and approximately 60 high-speed, offshore grade microwave links. The network is built on the same model as in the North Sea, where Tampnet has a proven record of offering reliable offshore network services for 16 years and LTE services for the last 4 years.
In March, Tampnet announced that it has reached 25% of its planned coverage for the Gulf of Mexico region. Today, this figure has passed 30%. On completion, estimated around mid-2018, Tampnet will have 60+ base stations operational, covering nearly 96,526 square miles and 98% of all manned offshore assets in the GoM with 4G LTE service. This includes the deep-water region, as well as, significant overlapping coverage for increased redundancy.
*Areas outlined in blue showing existing coverage vs coverage when completed.
“We have already seen the significant advantages of 4G LTE connectivity in our land based solutions for the O&G industry”, says John Poindexter, CEO of BlackHawk Datacom. “What Tampnet is building in the Gulf of Mexico is truly a game changer, and something we want to make sure our customers will benefit from. Tampnet’s experience with LTE in the North Sea for most of the large, international oil and gas players is reassuring and makes us confident their Gulf of Mexico initiative will be a success. “
BlackHawk’s commitment to helping their customers “Connect, Protect and Optimize” their critical infrastructure assets is largely dependent upon high speed, low latency digital communications. Lowering lift costs, increasing safety and security and ensuring crew morale become achievable goals when highly reliable digital connectivity is coupled with the latest technologies such as downhole and sub-surface HD video, machine learning, IIoT and other Big Data applications. Tampnet’s LTE network is an enabler for these technologies and many more.
“We are excited about the fact that Blackhawk Datacom, a seasoned provider in this region, has become a Tampnet 4G LTE partner,” said Per Helge Svensson, CEO, Tampnet. “Customers and other providers in this region know that Blackhawk Datacom is a reputable provider of standardized telecommunication services. Furthermore, it is also a known fact that the company is where the industry goes to for the difficult and non-standard solutions. Working with such an innovative partner will be interesting, particularly as we believe they will be a driver in discovering and developing uses of the 4G LTE connectivity that we have not yet thought of.”
About BlackHawk Datacom
BlackHawk Datacom provides innovative technology solutions that help our customers “Connect, Protect and Optimize” their critical infrastructure assets. Our Communications, Physical Security and Process Automation products are specifically designed for operations in remote, harsh environments. We focus on operators in the Oil and Gas, Maritime and Utility industries that provide critical services to millions of customers who can’t afford loss of service or down time. We support these operations with highly trained personnel from Regional Operations Centers located in Port Fourchon, LA, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX, Midland, TX and our 24x7 hardened Incident Command Center located in Lafayette, LA
John Poindexter, CEO
100 Enterprise Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70506
Toll Free: 877-559-1959
Tampnet operates the largest offshore high capacity communication network in the world and serves more than 240 O&G platforms, Floating Production Storage and Offloading units (FPSOs) and exploration rigs in the GoM, as well as on the Danish, Norwegian and the UK continental shelves of the North Sea. In total, Tampnet owns and operates a redundant offshore infrastructure network based on 2,500km of subsea fiber optic cable in the North Sea, complemented with a large number of high-capacity, carrier grade radio links and a high number of 4G base stations. Tampnet is now in the process of building a similar core infrastructure and 4G LTE infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico.
Trygve Hagevik, Chief Sales Officer
24275 Katy Freeway, Suite 240
Katy, TX 77494
BlackHawk Datacom launches DataMAX High Speed Wireless Network Solutions
Monday, March 20, 2017
BlackHawk Datacom the leading provider of innovative technology solutions for the oil and gas industry, announces the launch of DataMAX High Speed Wireless Network Solutions for the US onshore shale plays. This launch is the result of 35+ years designing, building and operating carrier-class infrastructure both onshore, offshore and around the globe.
John Poindexter, CEO of BlackHawk, said, “The prolonged downturn in the oil and gas industry has changed the paradigm of most operators and oilfield service companies. While network reliability and high speed connectivity are still very important, cost has become a significant factor. While true carrier-class LTE has proven to be reliable, it’s limited availability in many locations coupled with the high cost of overage fees has created the need for a better solution.”
DataMAX is a multi-carrier platform that leverages the reliability of carrier-class LTE with the cost effectiveness of WiMAX and the “available everywhere” nature of satellite. BlackHawk’s proprietary analysis and routing technology capitalizes on the positive attributes of each of these transport technologies, while virtually eliminating the negatives. “After analyzing traffic patterns on thousands of remote sites, we determined that there was an opportunity to significantly lower costs and improve quality by performing least cost routing based on the type or class of traffic. On many high traffic locations, crew morale or entertainment content can be as much as 75% of the overall network consumption. Social media, streaming movies and online music are just some of the applications that place a heavy load on networks and drive up costs” Poindexter said. “DataMAX continuously analyzes traffic from the site, prioritizes it based on Quality of Service (QoS) requirements and routes it over the most appropriate and cost-effective carrier. The net effect is increased reliability through route redundancy, improved business application performance through reduced network congestion and cost savings of up to 50% over traditional LTE only services.”
In addition, DataMAX technology can be of significant benefit to oil and gas companies who own and operate their own networks. Real-time analysis of network traffic using DataMAX gives operators the ability to route non-critical traffic to lower cost carriers providing increased reliability and an improved user experience on the business network.
With route redundancy to improve network reliability, least cost routing to lower costs and availability anywhere oil and gas companies are operating, DataMAX is changing the way business is done in a very dynamic and increasingly competitive oil and gas industry.
For more information visit www.blackhawkdc.com
About BlackHawk Datacom
BlackHawk Datacom provides innovative technology solutions that help our customers “Connect, Protect and Optimize” their critical infrastructure assets. Our Communications, Physical Security and Process Automation products are specifically designed for operations in remote, harsh environments. We focus on operators in the Oil and Gas, Maritime and Utility industries that provide critical services to millions of customers who can’t afford loss of service or down time. We support these operations with highly trained personnel from Regional Operations Centers located in Port Fourchon, LA, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX, Midland, TX and our 24x7 hardened Incident Command Center located in Lafayette, LA.