Yahsat, its subsidiary, Thuraya Mobile Satellite Communications Company and IEC Telecom Group introduced the IEC Welfare solution at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC).
The expo attracts thousands of customers, partners, and senior experts from the oil & gas sector, who gather to discuss how to reduce costs, ensure safe operations, achieve sustainable development, and boost the industry’s transition to smart operations.
The global IT spending in the oil and gas industry according to market researcher Technavio will be worth $50 billion by 2020. This ability to facilitate improved crew communications, online access and seamless operational performance is driving demand for new solutions, accelerating a new era of connectivity.
Beyond improving efficiency, digitalisation could allow companies to better reach out to customers. A recent Accenture survey reported big data, analytics, IoT and mobile devices as the top emerging digital topics for oil and gas companies. Studies indicate that between now and 2025, digital transformation in the oil and gas industry could unlock approximately $1.6 trillion of value for the industry, its customers and wider society.
To meet these changing customer needs, IEC Telecom Group and Yahsat introduced its IEC Welfare solution, which combines a controlled welfare as well as a secure corporate link into one solution. With 360-degree support for corporate applications, IEC Welfare is equipped with 24/7 customer support and smart budget control tools, delivering advanced online reporting on network usage while controlling the allocation of crew credits.
Apart from the corporate support, the IEC Welfare solution can also provide the crew with high-quality, on-demand data access via scratch cards, which can be purchased individually in 1, 5, or 10 GB data bundles or provided by companies as part of their social package. This allows for an easy and more affordable access to social networking, online browsing and messaging.
“The strength of the IEC Welfare Solution owes much to its resilience, speed and security,” commented Boyd Chislett, Yahsat’s Executive Vice President for Sales Operations.
“These three facets underpin the ability of new tools and technologies to transform the oil and gas industry, and each is enabled by the high-performance connectivity of our broadband satellite solution, YahClick.”