OneWeb to link with Tampnet on offshore connectivity

Satellite operator OneWeb has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with offshore GSM provider Tampnet, outlining a distribution agreement between the companies and a series of technology trials.

The arrangement will enable OneWeb to further develop its connectivity capabilities and expand its customer base in the offshore sector. In addition to providing access to its distribution network, Tampnet will also collaborate with OneWeb on a series of trials to test and evaluate network capabilities in the offshore energy environment.

The trials will initially focus on delivering services to offshore wind farms, rigs and platforms in the North Sea from Q1/2022 and in the Gulf of Mexico, later in 2022.

Once the service is fully online in 2023, Tampnet’s customers will be able to link up with OneWeb’s VSAT services alongside its existing subsea fibre, microwave and long-term evolution (LTE) offerings.

“Connectivity services have a major role to play in de-risking offshore operations, and improving efficiencies that lead to cost savings and a more positive environmental impact,” said OneWeb’s Head of Maritime, Carole Plessy.

“Working with Tampnet as a distribution and trial partner will enable us to accelerate bringing a new generation of much-needed connectivity to the offshore market to help them achieve their goals and build resilience for the future.”

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