RigNet Renews Contract With a Major Global Offshore Drilling Contractor for Managed Remote Communications Services

RigNet Service Highlights

  • Comprehensive and turnkey managed remote communications solutions for the drilling contractor and its oil and gas customer on the ultra-deepwater semisubmersible
  • Ultra high bandwidth remote communications in the harsh Arctic environment of the Barents Sea - close to 74 degrees north latitude
  • Providing 24/7 network monitoring and support services from RigNet's Network Operations Center with onsite field support

HOUSTON, Aug. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RigNet, Inc. (Nasdaq:RNET), a leading global provider of managed remote communications solutions, telecoms systems integration services and collaborative applications to the oil and gas industry, today announced that it has signed a renewal contract to serve a major global offshore drilling contractor, on an ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig operating today in the Barents Sea.

"This installation shows RigNet's commitment to developing innovative remote communications solutions in the Arctic region to support our energy customers," said Øyvind Folge, RigNet's Region Vice President, Scandinavia and Europe. "With this latest contract renewal and bandwidth upgrade, RigNet has shown the ability to accommodate the communication needs for expanding offshore rig operations in the Barents Sea."

RigNet has successfully upgraded the VSAT bandwidth for the rig to 8Mbps full duplex for operations in the Barents Sea close to 74 degrees north latitude. RigNet has demonstrated the capability to provide cost efficient, high quality VSAT solutions with high uptime in the Barents Sea for several years.

A high-performance and secure network is a high priority for the oil and gas community, ensuring effective and reliable communications, both offshore and onshore, and access to business-critical IT applications. Through this contract, RigNet is delivering a fully-managed end-to-end IP network solution using VSAT technology for last-mile connectivity. RigNet's fully managed network solutions ensure that the rig derives greater value from network services through increased standardization and innovation. The solution includes VoIP, enterprise data and Internet access services supported by 24/7 network monitoring and support from RigNet's Network Operations Center and, if required, local field technician support, with backhaul to the company's offices via MPLS connection.

About RigNet

RigNet (Nasdaq:RNET) is a leading global provider of managed remote communications, telecoms systems integration and collaborative applications dedicated to the oil and gas industry, focusing on offshore and onshore drilling rigs, energy production facilities and energy maritime vessels. RigNet provides solutions ranging from fully-managed voice and data networks to more advanced applications that include video conferencing and real-time data services to over 1,100 remote sites in over 45 countries on six continents, effectively spanning the drilling and production industry. RigNet is based in Houston, Texas. For more information, please visit www.rig.net. RigNet is a registered trademark of RigNet, Inc.

CONTACT: Media contact: Brooks Albery Director, Products and Marketing Tel: +1 (832) 463-2162 brooks.albery@rig.net

Source:RigNet, Inc.