CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent research on the ICT in the oil and gas industry, Frost & Sullivan presents SkyVision with the 2014 African Award for Vertical Market Penetration Leadership. SkyVision has established a strong local presence by developing a comprehensive network of local partners and representatives throughout Africa. With subsidiaries in Nigeria, Cameroon, Morocco, Uganda, South Africa, Senegal, Guinea and Burkina Faso, the company has the unique ability to provide its customers with dedicated, local support. On-site availability enables SkyVision teams to closely partner with their customers, gain a better understanding of their business culture and their communications needs - first hand. Combined, this results in shorter response times and ultimately, greater customer satisfaction.
For well over a decade, SkyVision has focused on becoming the communications 'solution of choice' for oil and gas leaders in Africa. The company's ongoing commitment in Africa is furthered by their penetration of key oil and gas markets in Nigeria, Angola, Benin and others. With Africa at the heart of its activities, SkyVision's solutions fully support its customers' operational and communications requirements, whether it is a complex customized solution or a very small aperture terminal (VSAT) connection to the Internet backbone. With over ten satellite platforms via its gateways in Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East and Points of Presence in key countries, SkyVision's global reach enables the company to pursue new oil and gas markets in Africa, Europe and the United States.
Apart from its global multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network and footprint coverage, SkyVision identified the need for highly reliable grade of service. Therefore, SkyVision also provides multilingual, 24/7 technical support centres and a network operating centre for rapid support and constant monitoring. Its comprehensive SLA ensures consistent, high-speed satellite connectivity between onshore and offshore teams, enabling real-time data exchange for exploration as well as inspection, repair, salvage and surveillance operations.
"The company also offers synchronized upload of drilling data, on demand bandwidth for video conferencing, and hubless mesh connectivity, all of which offer a tremendous advantage to the oil and gas industry," noted Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Joanita Roos. Enhanced exploration requires the processing of a variety of data to identify the previously inaccessible reserves as well as improve well performance. It has been estimated that petroleum engineers sometimes spend up to 60 per cent of their productive time to mine data. Therefore, companies need to ensure that they have the right information seamlessly integrated, without redundancy, to manage the business and its significant asset investments.
"The concept of a 'digital oilfield' is becoming increasingly popular as operators, partners and service companies seek to take advantage of improved data and knowledge management, enhanced analytical tools, real-time systems, and more efficient business processes," said Joanita Roos.
SkyVision's solutions are based across a wide range of connectivity platforms, which include satellite/hybrid networks, wireless local area network (WLAN), microwave, two way radio and fibre-optics.
SkyVision has customized corporate service solutions tailored to the needs of the oil and gas industry with a range of connectivity solutions. Private Networks, a private and secure point-to-point/multipoint solution in a star or mesh configuration (point-to-multipoint and any-to-any) based on VSAT platforms that provides a dedicated network and bandwidth among several locations, a virtual private network (VPN), an IP-based solution, where each remote site can communicate with the others via one of SkyVision's central hubs. Oil and gas customers are also offered a suite of Value Added Services (VAS) which include professional services, VoIP services, business continuity solutions, cloud services, managed firewall and mobile satellite services - to deliver connectivity at sea, on land, or in flight, where standard telecommunications methods are required though are unavailable and unreliable.
"Furthermore, SkyVision provides a diverse range of crew welfare solutions such as scratch cards for voice calls/internet, telemedicine, video on demand, WLAN hotspots, and on-demand entertainment," noted Joanita Roos
These capabilities, coupled with a team of on the ground dedicated and skilled professionals, have entrenched SkyVision's presence in the oil and gas industry.
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SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. is a leading global communications service provider. It has comprehensive end-to-end solutions designed uniquely for the oil and gas industry. It is committed to expand its activity throughout Africa. SkyVision has key factors that distinguish them from its competitors including their strong local partnerships, reliable connectivity offering and their customised solutions tailored for the oil and gas industry.
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