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Intelsat Saudi oil collaboration

Intelsat is collaborating with systems integrator Saudi Net Link to provide connectivity to one of Saudi Arabia's largest oil producers. Intelsat describes itself as an operator of integrated satellite and terrestrial networks.

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Discussing the work, a spokesperson for Intelsat said: “Oil and gas sites are notoriously difficult to connect. They are often located in very remote areas, with challenging terrain and extreme weather conditions.

“However, access to reliable and always-on connectivity is critical to ensure production continuity, continuous monitoring and employees’ safety. A GEO satellite is the best way to tackle this task.” 

The spokesperson continued: “Teams at [a site] need to be able to quickly establish a temporary office, with enough bandwidth to facilitate basic communication, data transfer, video streaming, and specialised applications that support business continuity.

“In cases where the exploration sites can only be accessed for a limited period, the ability to quickly deploy a portable connectivity solution is even more pronounced.” 

Saudi Net Link business development director, Mohamed Al Faisal, said: “This partnership with Intelsat not only meets our business requirements but also addresses the need for personal connection in remote areas, bringing joy to remote workers in offshore locations and the deep deserts of Saudi Arabia.’

“Connectivity is crucial to getting the job done quickly and safely,” said Saher Abudaqar, Intelsat managing sales director in MENA. “This is what Intelsat and SNL will aim to provide.”