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March 18th, 2019

Customized VSAT Solutions to be Provided by Marlink to Fairfield Geotechnologies for Their O&G Clients

Fairfield Geotechnologies has selected Marlink to provide a highly customized VSAT solution for two Ocean Bottom Node (OBN) seismic survey vessels operating on behalf of global oil & gas industry clients.

Marlink and Fairfield Geotechnologies have worked closely together on a solution that will power new efficiencies through digital operations, with survey data transfer enabled by guaranteed bandwidth, extreme resilience and global coverage. With Marlink providing Committed and Maximum Information Rates, Fairfield Geotechnologies’ OBN survey data can be shared with distributed experts and stakeholders quickly and easily, giving its clients a dynamic platform for decision making in both the short and long-term.

Marlink has also made wireless internet available in cabins and communal areas part of the service, enabling workers to browse the web or keep in touch with friends and family on social media platforms using their own mobile device, when off shift. Enabled by Marlink’s XChange centralized communications management system, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an easy to deploy and manage service that can significantly boost crew morale, which is especially important on extended offshore campaigns.

With its own operations, crew welfare and client capabilities to consider, reliability was a key requirement for Fairfield Geotechnologies during its selection process. The Marlink team proposed a dual VSAT antenna solution including L-band back-up to ensure the best availability of broadband connectivity, also with redundant Below Deck Equipment, including router, switch and modem. The result is higher quality and availability of service regardless of conditions, as well as streamlined trouble-shooting and support.

The Marlink Group's portfolio of multi-band communication solutions covers Ku-, Ka-, C- and L-band services and is augmented with mobile and terrestrial links and a full range of digital solutions. With more than 1,000 employees worldwide, the Group serves enterprise and maritime customers globally, including: Shipping, Offshore, Cruise & Ferry, Yachting and Fishing, as well as Mining, Oil & Gas, Utilities, Humanitarian & NGO, Media & Events.

The Group is led by Erik Ceuppens as CEO.