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4G network roll-out across the NCS starts with Shell partnership

Oilfield Technology,

Maritime Communication Partner (MCP) is teaming up with Shell to install its first LTE base station on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The agreement signals the beginning of MCP’s ambitious 4G network roll out across the NCS, connecting platforms, rigs and vessels with high-speed and competitively priced mobile and internet services.

Shell’s Draugen platform

MCP’s base station and associated control systems will be sited on Shell’s iconic Draugen platform, the super major’s first Norwegian platform (beginning production in 1993) and still its most northerly producing site, situated 150 km off the coast of Kristiansund. MCP’s technical team will upgrade the GSM technology that is currently in-situ, with all work scheduled for completion before the end of 2014.

High-speed, reliable mobile networks for the offshore industry

Frode Støldal, MCP CEO, commented, “High-speed, reliable mobile networks are taken for granted on land, but, until now, the offshore industry hasn’t been able to enjoy the same standards. This development with Shell is a tangible sign that change is on the way.”

MCP committed to upgrading its current GSM proposition to LTE (4G) after winning the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority’s 800 Mhz offshore licence on 18 August. The firm is already a leader in the ‘mobile at sea’ industry within the cruise and ferry sectors, and is now focusing on transferring its 12-year track record of success to the offshore segment. It currently works with names such as DeepOcean, Subsea7 and Gulf Offshore.

Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn

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