A strong strategy complimented with reliable technologies enable the successful rollout of a telecommunications programme. 

SAE Media Group's 4th annnual Oil and Gas Telecommunications conference is a one stop shop for all your telecommunications needs. Our expert line up of speakers will present valuable insights and interesting case studies so you can benefit your overall business operations, streamline processes and reduce costs.

Oil and Gas Telecom


  • Gain essential insight into operator needs within the Oil & Gas vertical market


  • Learn about the regulatory risks and work-arounds for the Oil & Exploration industry


  • Improve your operations and still reduce operational costs with the use of effective networks and technologies


  • Develop project excellence by utilising robust communication strategies in challenging environments 
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • Network Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Head of Telecommunications
  • Head of Information Systems
  • Systems Manager
  • IT Manager
  • IT Infrastructure Manager

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Ifiok  Otung

Ifiok Otung, Principal Lecturer, Advanced Technology, University Of Glamorgan

9:10 Realising the evolving communication needs of the oil and gas industry

Augustine Igwegbe

Augustine Igwegbe, Regional IT Business Systems Manager, Shell Upstream International, Sub Sahara Africa

  • Industry dynamics: New markets, fuel resources and strategies
  • Use of multi-communication channels across geographies
  • New Technological and Next Generation Applications
  • 9:50 Leveraging your business operations by using Fibre Communication in harsh environments

    Nathan  Egereonu

    Nathan Egereonu, Country Manager, UK, Nigeria LNG Ltd

  • Introduction to Fibre communications Technology
  • Fibre cabling
  • Typical Harsh Environments
  • Volatile Areas (Areas used by heavy equipment/machineries, areas prone to attack)
  • Areas with adverse weather conditions (Temperate and cold regions)
  • Analysing your business operational requirements
  • Volume of data being transmitted
  • Integrating fibre technology into your environment
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Ka-Band Satellite - supporting the demands of the Offshore Industry for Increased Performance and Operational Efficiency

    Steve Stobo

    Steve Stobo, European Sales Manager, Avanti

  • Avanti enables Cost Effective Ka Space Segment through Partner Networks
  • High Bandwidth and Utilisation using Industry Leading Ground Station & Networking Solutions
  • Business Continuity Platforms for Mission Critical Applications, including Cloud Computing
  • 11:40 Ready for bandwidth intensive applications? Creative satellite networking is the answer

    Dimitri  Zafiriadis

    Dimitri Zafiriadis, Sales Director, Northern Europe, iDirect Europe

    The Oil and Gas industry has always been an early adopter in using complex applications under challenging conditions. In the wake of  more bandwidth intensive applications in the upstream market, service providers and end-users demand creative satellite networking solutions to more efficiently use bandwidth.  Specific applications of interest to the oil & gas sector include:

  • Providing comms and IT resources during drilling and exploration activities
  • Seismic reporting
  • Asset tracking
  • Surveillance of assets /facilities
  • Sensor management

    With space segment representing the single largest cost component of a satellite-based network, new technological developments that provide more efficient use of this scarce resource becomes critical. In the quest to squeeze the most data throughput per MHz for all their application, users are even open to consider alternative bands (in the frequency spectrum).

  • 12:20 Remote Locations: Total Communications

    Jean-Robert Barallon

    Jean-Robert Barallon, Vice President, Business Development, IPX International Systems

  • Use of intra-region hybrid connections in the Oil and Gas industry
  • Facilitating your IT and communications systems operations
  • Case Studies
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch Sponsored by Avanti

    14:00 Managing DESFA’s ICT: Case Study

    Petros  Theodorakis

    Petros Theodorakis, ICT Director , DESFA

  • DESFA has a strategy for installing  fiber optic cable along its gas transmission system since 1994, in order to cover its ICT needs
  • Current map of Information Technology at DESFA
  • Current map of Communications Technology at DESFA
  • Prospective ICT needs and available technologies will dictate the future communication strategy


  • 14:40 Multi-service Resilient Fibre Networking

    Richard Kirby

    Richard Kirby, Managing Director, Metrodata Ltd

  • Fibre transmission for Voice, Ethernet/IP, Telemetry and Alarm signalling for Upstream Oil and Gas applications
  • Fibre access/conversion technologies as a strong alternative for 'Ethernet/IP everywhere'
  • Passive optical CWDM multiplexing as a performant, resilient and easy-to-install option for exploration/extraction facilities
  • Resilient topologies using add/drop and full optical multiplexing for multi-service communications
  • Fibre in practice - a North Sea case study
  • 15:10 Establishing an effective synergy between geophysicists and telecommunication systems: How telecommunication

    Maurizio  Ferla

    Maurizio Ferla, Telecom Engineer and Geophysicist, Eni

  • Synergy between geophysics and telecommunications engineering
  • Propagation of waves in the underground
  • Characterization of wave propagation for geophysical studies
  • Exploiting the basis of telecommunications engineering for geophysical approaches


  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Latest Optical Fiber system testing procedures

    Alec Burden

    Alec Burden, CEO, Fibreplus

  • Addressing proper optical testing procedures to reduce future costs
  • Proper use and implementation of the latest testing equipment available to the industry
  • Analysis of test reports and schematics, addressing present and future requirements
  • 17:40 Mastering a telecommunications roll out for a fleet of 40 ships

    Patric  Desanti

    Patric Desanti, Project Manager Maintenance Management Systems, Chemikalien Seetransport G M B H

  • From 'Stand alone' overseas to IP Workstation
  • Which were the drivers of such an investment
  • Fall traps of such a roll out
  • Half time report (1/2 of the fleet updated all the times): Promises fulfilled?
  • 18:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Nina Beebe

    Nina Beebe, Director for Emerging Markets, Access Partnership

    9:10 Cracking the oil & gas vertical telecommunications market: One year on

    Andrew Marks

    Andrew Marks, Chief Information Officer, Tullow Oil

  • Using satellite and associated technologies to connect remote locations; case studies from Ghana and Uganda, onshore and offshore
  • The importance of multiple telecommunications channels to support a 24/7 operation
  • Responding to alternative telecommunications channels in previously unconnected locations
  • A challenge to the network operators in terms of value
  • 9:40 Countering Oil Industry Network Security Threats

    Hassan  Karim

    Hassan Karim, Communications Security Engineer, Saudi Aramco

  • Threats to the Oil Supply Chain
  • Safe Oil & Gas Network Overview
  • Protecting Networked Resources at the Access Level
  • Pending Oil Industry Security Challenges
  • 10:10 Mobile Satellite Systems (MSSs)

    Ifiok  Otung

    Ifiok Otung, Principal Lecturer, Advanced Technology, University Of Glamorgan

  • Advantages of Multi-spot beam antennas, low noise receivers, and on-board processing
  • The economic and practical advantages of MSSs
  • The challenges and efforts for providing broadband multimedia services to users in remote areas
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Eutelsat Customer Case study: Iraqi Oil field Communications

    Jag Rai

    Jag Rai, Sales Director, Eutelsat

  • Infrastructure rollout 
  • Network Overview
  • Problems Encountered
  • How Satellite adds value


  • 11:40 Next Generation Satellite Capacity

    Simon Gatty  Saunt

    Simon Gatty Saunt, Vice President Sales Europe and Central Asia , SES WORLD SKIES

  • Unique benefits of SES satellites in delivering high level ocean based connectivity
  • Planning future capacity provision for regional oil & gas sector demand
  • Fundamentals of MEO satellite and its applications
  • Robust, secure and reliable next generation technologies tailored to Oil and Gas requirements
  • 12:20 The Critical Path To Cloud Computing

    Axel Daiber

    Axel Daiber, Chief Information Officer, ND SatCom

  • Cloud Computing deployment models
  • Market size and opportunities
  • Connectivity over satellite - the new challenge
  • Case Studies
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Maritime Broadband: Innovation in the VSAT and MSS Offerings

    Jean Philippe  Gillet

    Jean Philippe Gillet, Regional Vice President, Europe & Middle East, Intelsat

  • Satellite Communications for business connectivity and crew welfare
  • How do today’s VSAT and MSS providers design networks to increase efficiencies and provide cost savings to its customers?
  • Analysing the latest developments for the maritime broadband sector
  • 14:40 Wireless Instrumentation – Current Status and Future Developments

  • Introduction to wireless instrumentation
  • International standards and technology
  • Future trends – towards wireless process control
  • Simon Carlsen

    Simon Carlsen, Principal Analyst, Statoil

    Stig Petersen

    Stig Petersen, Research Scientist, Communication Systems, Sintef Ict

    15:20 Integrated Satellite Solutuions for the Oil & Gas Industry

    Alessandro  Caranci

    Alessandro Caranci, Vice President of Business Development - Network & Connectivity, Telespazio

  • Global customers need global providers
  • A complete portfolio of Telecoms for the O&G sector
  • From Telecoms to Satellite Services integrated value proposition: remote sensing activities
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Regulatory risks and work-around for the Oil & Gas industry

    Nina Beebe

    Nina Beebe, Director for Emerging Markets, Access Partnership

  • The regulatory environment in the toughest oil & gas markets
  • Planning to ensure compliance
  • Regulatory developments in key markets:  VSAT and ESV
  • 17:00 Ultra Low Bit Rate VoIP over Satellite – A real Paradigm Shift

    Peter Slade

    Peter Slade, MD Horizon Communications, SatCom Group

  • Global, fully managed Optimised Voice and Data Network with PSTN breakout and Direct Inward Dial (DID)
  • Ultra-Low Bit Rate VoIP Codec runs at 2Kbps
  • Low Bit Rate means Low Cost – substantial bandwidth savings over SIP/G.729 VoIP
  • Post and Pre-Paid billing platforms
  • Full ‘follow-me’ functionality
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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