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Alcatel-Lucent to carry out a Wi-Max pilot in the North Sea

Alcatel-Lucent today announced that it has been selected by OLF, the Norwegian Oil Industry Association, to carry o...


January 8, 2007  


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Alcatel-Lucent today announced that it has been selected by OLF, the Norwegian Oil Industry Association, to carry out a Universal Wi-Max test in the North Sea.

The primary objective is to confirm that Wi-Max technology will improve offshore data communications.

The deployment is planned to start this quarter and should last nine months.

OLF is looking to enhance the communication between platforms and moving vessels whatever the weather conditions. It said it selected Wi-Max for its long range and high capacity.

The pilot is based on Universal Wi-Max IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard equipment. Alcatel-Lucent will provide OLF with its 9100 WiMAX end-to-end radio system, which includes base stations, wireless access controller and operation and maintenance centre.

“We expect considerable improvements in data communication between platforms and ships, compared to traditional technologies,” said Oyvind Roth, senior advisor to OLF.