Case Study: Oil&Gas Giant Counts on Ceragon For High bandwidth Low-Latency Connectivity at Sea

By Jeremy Ladner 3 min read

Surrounded by sea on all sides and more than 100 kilometers from shore, the work of unearthing energy from far below the ocean’s floor is a 24/7 operation. Offshore energy exploration and extraction is an enormously complicated undertaking. The work requires precisely choreographed communications between multiple teams offshore and onshore.

Connectivity downtime, interruptions in data delivery, or lengthy latency can create safety risks for the crew as well as the potential for enormous lost revenue. Ceragon’s offshore energy clients rely on us to deliver innovative high bandwidth, low-latency connectivity specifically designed for challenging maritime environments.

The Challenges

Private offshore network exceeds capabilities of satellite connectivity| High-risk maritime climate | Remote offshore location | Lack of comprehensive managed connectivity service provider

Large floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels are operational 24/7. Many crews work in ‘half-on/half-off’ 12-hour shifts, creating an unending duality of data demands.

Half of the crew uses the high-bandwidth, low-latency network to carry out daily tasks like remote operation of underwater extraction activities, video monitoring of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and data-driven diagnostics for predictive maintenance.

The other half of the crew spends their off-hours catching up via video with family and friends back home and watching back-to-back episodes of their favorite streaming shows.

Ensuring continuous, high-quality connectivity was essential for the client when considering the future of their offshore private network needs. The multibillion-dollar operation far exceeds a traditional satellite solution's limited bandwidth capabilities and latency limitations. Laying fiber was clearly cost and time-prohibitive.

The client also required a connectivity as a service (CaaS) solution that included full remote and on-site management and support, enabling them to focus on their core business.

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