For 30 years, Galaxy Broadband has provided Canadian companies with enterprise satellite broadband and terrestrial wireless connectivity services.
The company “is one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies and has positioned itself as a single source for remote communications, high-speed internet, cyber security, Managed Services, VoIP [Voice over Internet Protocol] with full PBX, multiple VLANs for individual networks for Corporate, Contractors and Morale usages and networking solutions that are supported by our 24×7 Network Operations Center,” says Rick Hodgkinson, Galaxy Broadband’s president and CEO.
“In today’s world, good connectivity to the internet is critical for any business,” he said. “Energy companies typically operate in rural and remote areas where few, terrestrial connectivity options exist. These operations can benefit greatly from efficiency gains delivered by new software and systems only made possible through good connectivity.”
He added that Galaxy Broadband has been working with the Canadian Energy industry for over 25 years, providing “reliable, affordable, and innovative enterprise communications to remote locations where no fibre optic or microwave coverage exists.”
Galaxy Broadband recently partnered with OneWeb, a UK-headquartered global communications network powered by a constellation of 688 low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, to provide the next generation of telecommunications technology for mining companies.
The system is scheduled for launch by the end of the year and will be accessible to Energy companies with operations in Canada’s far north, and then globally in 2022.
According to Hodgkinson, the OneWeb system will help to address one of the biggest challenges facing energy companies, which is the high latency when running software over current GEO satellite links. “Whereas traditional satellites orbit at around 37,000 kilometres, OneWeb LEO satellites orbit at altitudes as low as 1,200 km, which provides a much lower level of latency when transmitting data.”
The OneWeb system, he said, “will be a transformational service made possible by recent advances in technology, with [data transfer] latencies of less than 70 milliseconds and high-speed downloads of up to 150 megabits per second,” adding that this would allow remote energy operations with limited connectivity to operate with productivity software and applications currently only available to operations with big city connectivity.
“It will open the door to enhanced Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) which touches all aspects of the upstream and downstream segments such as procurement, health and safety and accounting plus more and more automation at the site, with increased connectivity speeds allowing for more operations to be undertaken remotely, reducing the costs of moving staff back and forth between remote locations,” Hodgkinson said.
The improved connectivity will also allow energy companies to deploy video applications that would help them meet their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) objectives, he noted.
“With the increasing focus on ESG, the ability to share live video feeds with investors from a remote sites is a pretty powerful tool to demonstrate a company’s ESG credentials,” he noted. “We’ve also had discussions with companies around sharing their internet access with local communities, which is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity for these communities.”
Hodgkinson said the partnership with OneWeb allows Galaxy Broadband “to provide even better support for the security of their employees and assets and improved data protection. Along with Galaxy’s Smart Site solution including private wireless networks; sites can enable the Internet of Things (IoT) applications and enhanced connectivity to mine sites.”
Galaxy’s quick to deploy Rig camps have been providing office and morale service that are turn keep, flexible and all managed for peace of mind and with an excellent end user experience.
“Galaxy will continue to deploy a “Dual Link” strategy offering both GEO and LEO WAN connections to most sites for failover redundancy and application prioritized routing,” explained Hodgkinson.