Tampnet has chosen Ericsson to upgrade its existing 2G network in the Gulf of Mexico. The upgrade will include deployment of 4G/LTE Access, MINI-LINK microwave equipment, and Ericsson's complete network functions virtualisation (NFV) solution, including Virtual Evolved Packet Core and Cloud Execution Environment.
With Ericsson's upgrades, Tampnet will offer 4G/LTE coverage to the region's oil and gas industry, its resellers and roaming partners. Headquartered in Norway, Tampnet is a telecommunications operator for subsea fibre and wireless 4G LTE-based data communication for the offshore oil and gas industry.
Per Helge Svensson, CEO, Tampnet Group, said: "Our customer base is one of the most demanding industries in the world, and we are certain that Ericsson's solution will enable us and our customers to develop innovative solutions that will increase effectiveness, productivity, welfare and safety for the platforms, drilling rigs and general workforce offshore.
“The Ericsson portfolio of equipment enables us to build a robust, future proof, high capacity and low latency communications solution that will serve the users in the region for many years to come."
Ericsson's solution will replace Tampnet's existing equipment and includes Ericsson 4G/LTE Access and Virtual Evolved Packet Core, while also upgrading the microwave backhaul with Ericsson's MINI-LINK. Based on an open architecture, the new NFV based core solution consists of Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core for distributed mobile broadband and OpenStack based Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment.
Rima Qureshi, Head of Region North America, Ericsson, said: "This partnership will enable the deployment of communications and application innovations to the off-shore industry. Ericsson's Virtual Evolved Packet Core together with MINI-LINK microwave portfolio offer Tampnet a highly scalable network, with remote configuration, lower site rental and easy capacity upgrades using software licenses."
Ericsson's LTE solution, combined with the LTE Radio Access Network (RAN), the Virtual Evolved Packet Core and the mobile backhaul, will provide the capacity and flexibility to cope with network evolution challenges. These performance advantages will provide the operator with the same coverage and capacity, despite fewer nodes and less equipment than competitor solutions, reducing the operator's operating and capital expenses.
Tampnet operates offshore telecom infrastructure in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and more than 250 oil and gas installations, mobile rigs and vessels receive high-speed data communication services from the company.