MEOSAT brings connectivity to Iraq's energy fields

First operator to deliver O3b's low latency, high performance technology to Iraq is now live
The end-to-end network solution is delivering uninterrupted service in Southern Iraq.
The end-to-end network solution is delivering uninterrupted service in Southern Iraq.


MEOSAT has announced that its O3b system is now live and operational, delivering uninterrupted network service to Southern Iraq from the country's oilfields.

Oilfields enabled by digital technologies provide the highest ROI and have the greatest potential to reduce risk, optimise production and contribute to higher operational efficiency for Oil & Gas operators. This is made ever more relevant and urgent with the recent fall in oil prices.

A key network infrastructure provider, MEOSAT is bridging the digital technologies, from the remote oil and gas fields in Southern Iraq to anywhere in the world where required.

MEOSAT's end-to-end network solution is delivering uninterrupted network service anywhere from Southern Iraq. The next generation technology solution combines the advanced fiber-speed of the O3b satellite backbone with Redline Communications’ proven Virtual Fiber point-to-point and point-to-multipoint industrial wireless backhaul systems.

Low latency connectivity is a critical enabler for energy operators, ensuring performance sensitive applications such as ERP (Citrix, Oracle, SAP) and real time monitoring and control will operate flawlessly over the O3b network just as they do over a fiber network.

MEOSAT's architecture delivers:
• The highest data speeds of both downlink and uplink connectivity
• The lowest latency in end-to-end transmission – one quarter the latency of geostationary satellites
• Absolute reliability and security that is proven in harsh and hazardous environments
• Flexible consumption models that best suit the customer capex /opex needs

Michael A. Iwanow, MEOSAT CEO, commented: “For the first time in history in Iraq, internet with 140ms steady round-trip latency can be experienced live, with no downtime. The result for operators is, significantly enhanced operational efficiency, cost savings, enablement of cloud sensitive applications and a seamless user experience”

“A high performance wide-area network is key to improving efficiency and productivity in oil field operations and Redline is pleased to deliver the terrestrial portion of the MEOSAT solution”, added Robert Williams, Redline CEO. “Our Virtual Fiber terrestrial wireless network cost effectively and seamlessly extends the O3b satellite service to virtually any location in southern Iraq.”

MEOSAT is currently giving energy operators the opportunity to test the performance of the service at its Network Operations Centre (NOC) in Basra Industrial Community. Operators have the flexibility to buy or lease a full end-to-end communications system covering all facets of their telecommunications operations in Iraq.

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