Noble Drilling awards Speedcast contract for global fully managed communications

Speedcast International Limited was selected by Noble Corporation plc to provide new IT communications equipment and fully managed connectivity services to its global drilling fleet.

Through a combination of satellite very small aperture terminals (VSAT) and 4G/LTE in key regions, Speedcast will deliver end-to-end managed communication services to Noble’s fleet of vessels and rigs.

The solution includes a technology change-out of the fleet’s entire hardware infrastructure, with installations of dual-band antennas and the latest modem technologies to maximize throughput, security and redundancy, Speedcast said. Noble will also benefit from segmented operational and crew networks to optimize efficiency and network availability.

“This award is a milestone endorsement of the investment we have made to establish Speedcast as the global leader in the energy sector,” Keith Johnson, chief operating officer and EVP of Energy, Speedcast, said in a statement. “This award allows us to demonstrate our truly global scale for reliable service in the most remote, harsh environments where critical and high priority connectivity solutions are required.”

The company utilizes over 70 satellites with full redundancy over all major operating regions, an agnostic approach to the latest access technologies and a team of over 250 field engineers in 40 countries.

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