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Designing a secure communications transformation for offshore operations

July 9, 2024

Advancements in communications technology are facilitating a digital transformation in the offshore industry, providing remote operations connectivity and making operations more intelligent, efficient, and reliable.

The recent adoption of 4G communications networks, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea, dramatically improved offshore operations communications. Now, the sector is moving toward 5G to capture even greater efficiencies.

Using private 5G networks in oil and gas that function as Private Cellular Networks (PCNs) not only allows for improved signal integrity and reduced latency but also provides unified, seamless indoor/outdoor connectivity, extending coverage without sacrificing signal fidelity.

With communications technology that drastically reduces latency, remotely piloted ROV operations have been improved, making it possible to pilot ROVs via real-time precision control from onshore locations. This capability allows a single team of experts in an onshore facility to efficiently execute multiple ROV programs across different geographies. By removing ROV pilots from the offshore installation, 5G networks offshore are simplifying logistics, reducing the carbon footprint of operations, and eliminating safety risks.

Learn more about how Ericsson is helping the oil and gas industry capitalize on 5G communications technology to revolutionize communications for offshore operations.

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