Stratos Provides Communications for Goldeneye Platform

Stratos will provide Shell with a highly resilient network solution for the Goldeneye Platform, due to be deployed in the Moray Firth, Scotland next year. As Goldeneye is an unmanned platform controlling many important offshore systems, telecommunications resilience and availability are critical.

Stratos will deploy two 1.2m Sea Tel stabilized Ku band systems on the platform, each of which link back to diverse locations on different satellites. Stratos will also provide space segment, data equipment and a VSAT terminal onshore. The project will consist of two "firsts" in terms of Ku Band services to a local major oil operator. The first is that Stratos will provide and manage a 3.8m antenna at the Shell site at St Fergus, 35 miles north of Aberdeen, Scotland. This will provide the main link for data services to and from the installation. Shell is believed to be the first operator locally to deploy an antenna of this capacity on their own site in support of offshore communications. The second unique element involves the use of the Stratos Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) service for the second back up link, which will downlink to the Stratos Teleport at Bridge of Don. The DAMA service provides an extremely cost effective solution for Shell, in that bandwidth is available as required and charged on a per minute basis. This eliminates the need to retain bandwidth for backup purposes on a permanent basis.

Shell is the first operator to commit to the service which is available via the Eutelsat 7 Degree East Satellite.