Venturi Bolsters Performance of PetroCom's Offshore GSM Data Network

Venturi Wireless, a global provider of 3G mobile optimization solutions, announced that PetroCom has deployed the Venturi optimization solution within its offshore cellular network. A leading provider of telecommunications and network solutions to the oil and gas exploration/production and maritime industries, PetroCom operates a 100,000-square-mile GSM network in the Gulf of Mexico and maintains a variety of onshore/offshore satellite networks both domestically and internationally. In the implementation, Venturi Wireless is optimizing PetroCom's GPRS/EDGE network to ensure reliable and fast delivery of critical ship-to-shore data communications.

PetroCom's mission is to fulfill the ever-expanding voice and data communications needs of the offshore oil and gas industry. Because offshore exploration and production take place in a state of geographical isolation and unpredictable RF (radio frequency) conditions, reliable wireless connectivity and a consistently good user experience throughout the network are crucial to industry workers. PetroCom selected the Venturi Wireless optimization solution over compression-based solutions because of the advantages of Venturi's Adaptive Airlink Optimization(TM) technology. Adaptive Airlink Optimization is a cross-layer technology designed to solve the fundamental problems of wireless data transport for all Internet services, including browsing, multimedia, email, file transfer and business applications. Venturi's cross-layer optimization goes beyond simple compression (application layer optimization) to virtually eliminate the inefficiencies of TCP at the transport layer, offering mobile data users accelerated access speeds, fewer dropped sessions and interruptions, and a more consistent overall user experience.

"PetroCom conducted a comprehensive evaluation of data optimization providers and only Venturi Wireless with Adaptive Airlink Optimization proved to deliver consistently faster data speeds and higher reliability under challenging network and environmental conditions," said Ken Wright, President and COO of PetroCom. "From voice, data and Internet access to mission-critical applications such as network management and vessel location, Venturi Wireless was found to be the best solution for enhancing the performance of all wireless applications."

Venturi Wireless optimization delivers up to 7 times higher data access speeds as well as significantly improved reliability under poor RF conditions. Adaptive Airlink Optimization with patented Venturi Transport Protocol (VTP) overcomes the high latency and packet loss issues that plague wireless data transport, especially under poor RF conditions caused by weakened signal strength, interference, fading or high load. In addition to a better end user experience, Venturi Wireless optimization also maximizes spectrum and network resource utilization.

"PetroCom's customers demand fast, uninterrupted access to a wide variety of applications. The selection of Venturi's optimization solution demonstrates our ability to significantly improve wireless application performance even under the most difficult conditions," said Bret Sewell, CEO of Venturi Wireless. "We look forward to working with PetroCom to achieve its goal of providing the best communications network to the oil and gas exploration industry."

Venturi Wireless is the trusted leader in providing mobile broadband optimization solutions to wireless carriers and enterprises worldwide. Venturi's patented carrier-grade solutions maximize network efficiency and deliver the most compelling mobile user experience available for both data and multimedia applications. Venturi Wireless has the largest active mobile broadband user base and offers unparalleled expertise in mobile broadband deployment. Venturi Wireless' tier-one mobile operators include Verizon Wireless, Zapp Mobile, and WILLCOM. Venturi Wireless is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices in: New Jersey; Tokyo; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.