Rigstar introduces industrial fibre network into downtown Calgary, expands into US market

Rigstar Industrial Telecom has connected its industrial fibre communications network into the downtown Calgary core and announced its expansion into the U.S. market.

FibreWay, which offers guaranteed Internet speeds through the company’s premier industrial fibre network, has been launched into the downtown Bankers Hall office towers and the company will be “aggressively expanding into the downtown core,” said Brent Grisdale, Rigstar director of New Business Development.

“We wanted to provide our customers with a flexible pricing model based on actual usage rather than having to select a specified package,” Grisdale said in a statement.

Rigstar also took it one step further by not locking customers into a contract, he said. “If you look at several Internet packages on the market, they say ‘up to’ a certain speed. Our network is engineered to deliver symmetrical speeds, meaning your download and upload speeds are the same,” said Grisdale. “There really is no risk to the end user—they pay for what they use.”

The Calgary-based privately held company, founded in 1998 to provide remote communications services to the energy sector, has expanded to include services ranging from accelerated Internet connectivity, fibre optics, tower construction, cellular enhancement and network support.

Its most recent oilfield product launch is a real-time fibre-based pipeline leak detection system released in May. Based on three distributed sensing systems the client is able to measure parameters such as temperature, acoustic and strain, the new product is designed to immediately detect a disruption along the pipeline. Installing fibre along a pipeline has several benefits, according to Rigstar, ranging from leak detection to delivering remote communications.

The company recently expanded into the U.S. market with the recognition that its customers have operations on both sides of the border. “Expanding into the U.S. not only allows Rigstar to service our current customers, but also new ones from the U.S. that have contacted us in the past,” said Dan Grisdale, Rigstar president and chief executive officer.

“Companies that operate on both sides of the border will now have the opportunity to contact one telecom provider to deliver network connectivity, eliminating the complexity of having to deal with multiple vendors,” he said.