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Orange Business Services Wins Strategic Satellite Communications Contract with Petroleum Industry Leader BW Offshore
|By Business Wire
|September 2, 2014 04:00 AM EDT
Offshore, a leading global provider of floating production services
to the oil and gas industry, has signed a 5-year, $12 million contract
Business Services for an end-to-end satellite communication solution
for its fleet of highly-specialized oil and gas production vessels. With
a fleet of 14 owned Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO)
vessels and one Floating Storage and Offtake (FSO) vessel, BW Offshore
is the world’s second largest contractor of floating production services.
Orange Business Services is providing Maritime VSAT – a fully managed
end-to-end satellite-based communication solution – which fully
integrates BW Offshore’s 14 vessels and two land-based locations into
the Orange MPLS network. This solution offers BW Offshore personnel
access to the exact same business applications, communication and
entertainment services at sea as on land, no matter where the vessel is
located. In addition, BW Offshore has agreed to invest in Session
Internet Protocol (SIP) trunking - the use of voice over IP to
facilitate the connection of a private branch exchange (PBX) to the
Internet - to enable the implementation of unified communications for
its 2,000 employees regardless of their location.
From an administration point of view, the solution is in many ways
pioneering. For years, BW Offshore had multiple VSAT providers with
different contracts, quality of service and SLAs. The communication
solution from Orange Business Services connects the floating and
land-based personnel seamlessly in an end-to-end network with the same
high performance, quality of service and security.
“By choosing the satellite-based solution from Orange Business Services,
we avoid many of the challenges we sometimes faced with a multiple
provider strategy, like high latency on VSAT links and poor application
performance on vessels at sea,” said Fritz Ekløff, Senior Vice President
of Corporate IT at BW Offshore. “We wanted a single provider with
end-to-end responsibility that could deliver service with predictable
speed, quality and security. The solution is cost efficient and at the
same time we get access to a wider portfolio of services than we had
“With the Orange maritime service, BW Offshore embodies the concept of
‘office at sea,’” said Helmut Reisinger, senior vice president, Orange
Business Services Europe, Russia & CIS. “As opposed to other VSAT
providers, our satellite and land-based services are fully integrated.
As a result, BW Offshore gets access to a secure, high-performing
network from all sites, whether at sea or on land. By choosing an
end-to-end solution, the company avoids using the public Internet which
adds complexity and lowers overall control, quality and security. Orange
Business Services supports BW Offshore with a unique blend of maritime
and oil and gas industry expertise. In addition, Orange Business
Services is the only global provider with its own local staff to install
and support complex satellite networks all over the world, which is
critical for a global company like BW Offshore.”
About BW Offshore
BW Offshore is a leading global provider of floating production services
to the oil and gas industry. BW Offshore is the world's second largest
contractor with a fleet of 1F4 PSOs and 1 FSO represented in all major
oil regions world-wide. The company also operates additional 2 FPSOs. BW
Offshore has a long track record on project execution and operations, as
well as a robust balance sheet and strong financial capabilities. In
more than 30 years of production, BW Offshore has executed 38 FPSO and
FSO projects. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Further
information is also available on www.bwoffshore.com.
About Orange Business Services
Orange Business Services, the Orange branch dedicated to B2B services,
is a leading global integrator of communications solutions for
multinational corporations. With the world's largest, seamless network
for voice and data, Orange Business Services reaches 220 countries and
territories with local support in more than 160. Offering a
comprehensive package of communication services covering cloud
computing, enterprise mobility, M2M, security, unified communications,
videoconferencing, and broadband, Orange Business Services delivers a
best-in-class customer experience across a global landscape. Thousands
of enterprise customers and 1.4 million mobile data users rely on an
Orange Business Services international platform for communicating and
conducting business. Orange Business Services was awarded four of the
telecom industry’s highest accolades at the annual World Communication
Awards 2013 – Best Global Operator, Best Cloud Service, Best Enterprise
Service and Best Small Business Service. Orange Business Services is the
only seven-time winner of Best Global Operator. Learn more at www.orange-business.com
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Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with
annual sales of €41 billion in 2013 and has 161,000 employees worldwide
at June 30, 2014. Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol
ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).
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