GoM gets WiMAX expansion

The FCC has authorized IDT Spectrum to operate 46 WiMAX base stations in the 3.65 GHz band.

Offshore staff

NEWARK, New Jersey -- The FCC has authorized IDT Spectrum to operate 46 WiMAX base stations in the 3.65 GHz band.

This authorization affords IDT Spectrum the opportunity to provide WiMAX services in Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado within an area that contains approximately 350 oil rigs, the company says.

"Real-time streaming of well head data, VoIP, fax services, video surveillance, and other types of information from the rigs and platforms could be transferred over a WiMAX network to onshore technical teams that can monitor and analyze data from multiple platforms simultaneously," says Michael Rapaport, CEO of IDT Spectrum. "In the Gulf and on the mainland, enhanced communications between the on-site crew and off-site technicians are a key productivity driver."

03/27/2009

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