Given the current status of oil prices* 60% of oil and gas companies expect reductions in their 2015 IT budgets. But a new report cites that these cuts are likely to be lower than first expected. “Oil and gas companies need to spend their investments wisely to help them become agile and operationally efficient. The software vendors and service providers that help them achieve these objectives will be successful.” […]
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A new agreement for Inmarsat Maritime may help fill some of the down-time for crews offshore. NT Digital Partners has enabled Hollywood entertainment on the high seas via the Fleet Media service. It means that a catalogue of international blockbusters and television programming, along with sports and news content will be available to crews at sea over the Inmarsat network for on-demand, offline viewing. […]
To meet the growing connectivity needs of customers in the mining, energy, and humanitarian sectors, SES S.A. and Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus) have signed a multi-year / multi-transponder agreement to deliver corporate managed satcom services around the world. Airbus intends to couple SES’ latest satellite technology with its most advanced satcom developments, to offer a platform for new Terralink services. […]
KVH Industries has struck a deal with SES to enable more ships at sea with connectivity. This is a new satellite capacity agreement for vessels along the eastern coasts of Canada and the U.S., as well as throughout the Caribbean and GoM. KVH reported that it is experiencing increasing bandwidth demands from customers for a variety of applications including: M2M, remote operations monitoring, and crew welfare. […]
Bolstering its oil and gas comms and IT offering, SpeedCast looks all set to acquire Hermes DataComms International Ltd. The deal should enable a new global force to provide communications and IT services to the energy sector. SpeedCast also hopes that the move, expected to complete later this month, will earn it a place in the ‘top three’ suppliers of choice for oil and gas companies seeking connectivity solutions. […]