Inmarsat Helps Build Offshore Microwave Comm Service; Gerbrand Schalkwijk Comments

inmarsat logoInmarsat has partnered with Broadband Antenna Tracking Systems and LLOG Exploration to extend broadband communications coverage over the Gulf of Mexico through a new microwave technology network.

The new service is intended for the Gulf’s deep-water structures and is currently used in the Mississippi Canyon Field, Inmarsat announced Thursday.

BATS produced the Stabilized Microwave system and LLOG will provide its MC-547 Who Dat mile radio for the system, which uses Inmarsat’s network backbone.

Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Inmarsat vice president of enterprise energy, said the service is intended for non-fixed and mobile locations that normally are unable to use microwave communications.

BATS builds antenna aiming, tracking, and stabilization systems and LLOG is one of the 10 largest private oil and gas companies in the U.S., Inmarsat said.

“As the energy industry increases its demand for bandwidth, organizations are increasingly looking toward innovative technologies to enhance their infrastructure,” said Phil Cramer, BATS senior VP of sales and marketing.

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