Stratos Tapped for Apache Communication System Work

Stratos Global Corp. announced that it will repair and upgrade Apache Corp.’s communication systems in the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition, Stratos is supplementing the company’s microwave-based service with satellite-based backup systems at key connection points to maximize business continuity and recovery of communications in the event of disasters, such as last year's hurricanes. These satellite backup services are in addition to improved circuit protection, additional beach crossings, increased bandwidth, true ATM transport, and additional redundancy that have already been added to the redesigned microwave network to improve reliability.

Founded in 1954, Apache is one of the world's largest independent oil and gas exploration and development companies, with $20 billion in assets and core operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom North Sea, Australia, and Argentina. “We have been working with Stratos on offshore communications for a number of years,” said Darin LaFleur, automation superintendent with Apache. “The current project will include repairs to the microwave system damaged during last year's hurricanes, as well as an upgrade of our entire Gulf of Mexico telecom network to provide more available bandwidth and redundant, land-based, and satellite systems for backup communications.”

“This new Apache project demonstrates our ability to strengthen and expand our offerings to respond to the evolving needs of one of the world's largest energy exploration and production firms,” said Jim Parm, Stratos’ president and chief executive officer. “We believe our continued success is further proof that our portfolio of end-to-end products and services meets all of the remote communications requirements of leading companies in the oil and gas industry.”

Stratos Global Corp. is a publicly traded company and a leading global provider of a wide range of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions for users operating beyond the reach of traditional networks. With its owned-and-operated infrastructure and extensive portfolio of industry-leading satellite and microwave technologies (including Inmarsat, Iridium, Globalstar, MSAT, VSAT, and others), Stratos serves the voice and high-speed data connectivity requirements of a diverse array of markets, including government, military, energy, industrial, maritime, aeronautical, enterprise, media, and recreational users throughout the world.

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