Through the implementation of BEC’s outdoor LTE connectivity solution, GTT achieves a successful delivery of offshore LTE internet, as demonstrated in the case study.
Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company is a fixed local exchange carrier (LEC) based in Guyana, South America. It is the largest provider of telecommunication services in Guyana, with a subscriber base exceeding three hundred thousand in a country with a population of about seven hundred thousand; its parent company is the Atlantic Tele-Network.
ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited contacted GTT to provide offshore LTE internet connectivity to its floating storage and production (FSPO) vessels. Offering offshore LTE connectivity to vessels presents several challenges.
First and foremost, the coverage area of LTE networks is limited to a certain distance from the shore, which makes it difficult to provide reliable connectivity to vessels that are far out at sea. This is compounded by the fact that vessels are often moving. Further complicating maintaining a steady connection. Also, harsh environmental conditions make installing and maintaining challenging, and FSPO vessels typically have limited power resources. Finally, offshore LTE connectivity requires a significant infrastructure investment, including installing specialized equipment on the vessel and onshore.
GTT evaluated several ruggedized outdoor solutions and selected the 7000 R24 Gigabit LTE Outdoor Router. The 7000 R24 is a high-performance fixed wireless solution designed for outdoor applications. It offers Gigabit-LTE speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps down and 150 Mbps up, carrier aggregation up to 5CA downlink, high gain 4X4 MIMO for increased capacity and extended coverage, and 256 QAM for higher throughput. Additionally, the 7000 R24 is the perfect choice for durability under environmental conditions, featuring GORE® Protective vents to equalize pressure, humidity, airflow, lighting/ESD Protection, and a compliant enclosure to protect against dirt and harmful water ingress.
Although the 7000 R24 met the requirements, GTT wanted to optimize performance for this particular scenario with custom requirements. With a few in-depth discussions, BECbyBILLION designed the customized solution based on the 7000
R24. The custom requirements included a high-gain omni-directional antenna instead of the standard directional, specific LTE frequency bands support for LTE Bands: 5/3/7, notably Band 28 (45 MHz bandwidth between 703-748UL / 758 – 803 DL) and a custom network configuration and firmware.
Offshore LTE connectivity is critical for floating storage and production (FSPO) vessels. The 7000 R24 exceeded expectations, delivering a secure, reliable, and high-speed internet connection to 30km from the tower and the FSPO. This internet connection is essential for applications, including remote monitoring and control of operations, data collection and analysis, video conferencing, crew training, and safety briefings.