The international oilfield communications market size is likely to grow from USD 3.3 billion in 2017 to USD 4.8 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 7.9%. Developing digital oilfields is the main driving factor for the oilfield communications market. Though, the incorporation of departments in the oil and gas industry and rising susceptibility to cybersecurity fears are some of the major factors quickening the growth of the oilfield communications market.

Technology Overview

Oilfield Communications Solutions is the technology that is used to gather data and information from field sites and transmit it through communication networks, as required by the oil and gas industry. Oilfield communications technologies and solutions enable communications between oilfield sites and offices with reduced time and cost. The solutions are primarily aimed at achieving the operational efficiency targets set by the oil and gas companies and the services are aimed at enabling smarter and coordinated decision making, and mitigating the risks and vulnerabilities of the market, by using efficient tools and techniques, along with meeting the end-to-end needs of all the allied industries spanning the entire oil and gas industry value chain.

Top 10 Oilfield Communication Solutions Providers

  1. Huawei Technologies
  2. ABB Ltd
  3. Tait Communications
  4. Siemens AG
  5. Speedcast International Limited
  6. Commscope Holding Company
  7. Alcatel Lucent
  8. Hughes Network Systems
  9. Ceragon Networks
  10. Baker Hughes

Oilfield Communications Solutions Market Segmentation

The market is classified on the basis of Communication solutions by:

  1. Services
  2. Communication Network Technologies
  3. Field Site Communication
  4. Geography

Top New Entrants

These new entrants are the firms that have a great understanding of the latest technologies and trends, right from their inception. These companies may not be so widespread geographically, but they have offerings. These vendors are generally the ones who are beginning to emerge in terms of product portfolio and geographical coverage, and will need some time to gain traction in the market. Some of the emerging new entrants are:

  1. Rignet
  2. Airspan Networks
  3. Commtel Networks
  4. Inmarsat Communications
  5. Novatel Inc
  6. Alvarion Technologies
  7. Dragonwave Inc
  8. IPX Communications
  9. Radwin
  10. Omega Engineering
  11. Redline Communications


The vendors are placed into four categories based on their performance in each criterion: “Vanguards,” “Innovators,” “Emerging,” and “Dynamic.” We have evaluated top 25 vendors, which includes Huawei Technologies, Siemens AG, SpeedCast International Ltd., ABB Ltd., Alcatel-Lucent S.A., Inmarsat Plc., Baker Hughes Inc., Hughes Network Systems LLC, Tait Communications, Ceragon Networks Ltd, RAD Data Communications, Inc., CommScope, Rignet, Inc., Airspan Networks, Inc., Commtel Networks, Inc., IPX Communications, Novatel, Juniper Networks, Omega, RADWIN, Redline Communications, Network Innovations, Dragonwave, Inc., and Alvarion Technologies.


Vendors who fall into this category receive high scores for most evaluation criteria. They have an established product portfolio and have a very strong market presence. They should provide mature and reputable oilfield communications solutions. They also have strong business strategies.


Dynamic are established vendors with very strong business strategies. However, they have a low product portfolio. They focus on a specific type of technology related to the product.


Innovators demonstrate substantial product innovations as compared to their competitors. They should have very focused product portfolio. However, they do not have very strong growth strategies for their overall business.


Emerging vendors have niche product offerings and are starting to gain their position in the market. They do not have much strong business strategies as compared to other established vendors. They might be new entrants in the market and require some more time before getting significant traction in the market.

Oilfield Communications Solutions

Comparing 28 vendors in Oilfield Communications Solutions across 68 criteria.
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This solution enables oil and gas companies to keep track of pipeline operations and greatly enhance pipeline security through automated warnings and rapid response to incidents. Intelligent plant construction can help refineries improve management efficiency, reduce production costs, and improve competitiveness. Real-time data and video from remote operations can be efficiently accessed and processed, enabling intelligent process control applications that significantly lower production costs. To achieve this Huawei offers the refinery industry with the 4G LTE intelligent refinery plant wireless solution to enable innovative sub-solutions including wireless meter reading, visual dispatch, video surveillance, personnel positioning, and intelligent inspection for enhanced visual communications and efficient collaboration.
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SCADA comprises hardware and software systems, which acquire real-time data through monitoring for the supervisory purpose. IP phones provide voice services for workers located remotely in the oil field. Asset tracking solution monitors and tracks fixed and mobile assets used in field operations. Mobile field workforce connectivity enables workers to be connected in the field and provide access to SCADA data. Drill rig communications and diagnostics, monitors and diagnose various parameters related to oil fields while drilling the rig.
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Location solution helps in managing the field operation to the clients of the oil and gas industry. For interoperability solutions, Tait Communications entered into a partnership agreement with Cisco Systems to provide mission-critical communications solutions. LTE solutions provide high-speed internet connectivity anywhere without compromising with the quality of services. Tait GridLink is the solution that provides distributed automation over wide-area radio network for reliable and robust voice and data communications.
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RUGGEDCOM provides communication for mission-critical purpose which requires zero packet data loss. It is leveraged with Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) which detects and repairs the fault in the ultra-highspeed network. SCALANCE products and solutions provide reliable and flexible networking at all levels in the oilfield communication.
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Major connectivity solution includes broadband services, cellular backhaul, FlyCast, managed network services, mobile satellite services, private networks, SeaCast, SIGMA, and VSAT. SpeedCast also provides some value added services in the communication solution such as ClipWay, SpeedMail+, SpeedTalk, and SIGMA Net that delivers better-customized solutions. It also provides professional consultancy and project management solutions for driving more customer value.
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Its wireline and wireless solutions have supported the evolution of the oil and gas market by seamlessly providing robust fiber cabling infrastructure network solutions to support critical operations. These solutions alert the technicians about changes made to the physical layer infrastructure, and guide them in performing work orders, and provide with real-time circuit information wirelessly during remote troubleshooting. This optimizes the network efficiency of the operations and maintenance teams. The remote terminal units offered by CommScope acquire necessary data from field instruments. The data is then transferred to a central location in real-time using wireless communications systems. This provides the oilfield market with enhanced coverage and capacity with real-time alarms in their network, thus improving the quality of services which is needed for operations technology.
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The solutions deliver scalable VPN services and provide security to VPN services. Critical wide area network infrastructure provides secured, flexible, and reliable communications services for mission critical organizations, which include public and private enterprises. In 2015, the company’s core networking segment emphasized its R&D activities on new and enhanced IP routing platforms and virtualized IP edge routing application. The company has entered into various partnerships and agreements with various companies to enhance services and solutions offered by the company. For instance, the acquisition of Deepfield Networks by Nokia and partnership between Alcatel-Lucent S.A. and DEN Networks helped in providing better product and solution offerings.
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Managed network solutions consist of HughesON Connectivity, HughesON Security, HughesON Voice, HughesON Wi-Fi, and HughesON Customer gateway. The company has constantly enhanced its product and solution portfolio with the innovation of different services. For instance, the company has launched EchoStar XIX in December 2016, which is a wide capacity broadband satellite. The company has also made some modification into the suite of HughesON Active Technologies that is likely to enhance ordinary broadband connections into fast, application-aware enterprise-grade Wide Area Networks (WANs).
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PointLink long-haul system is a communication solution designed for remote operations present at a long distance. PointLink short-haul system is a communication solution designed for remote operations present at short and medium distances, whereas PointLink access system is designed to cater various radio units such as microwave systems, point to multipoint systems, and LTE backhaul. The company also provides efficient network services to its customers.
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The solution includes field satellite systems (VSAT), field gateway, and field second carrier, field BGAN, M2M satellite systems, M2M BGAN, and M2M Cellular Modem. The company is precisely working on expanding its product offerings and strengthening its market presence through tactical partnership, agreement, and merger. Baker Hughes merged with the oil and gas division of General Electric (GE) so that the company gets leverage of advanced technology of GE.
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RigNet delivers turn-key solutions and value-added services that simplify the management of multiple communications needs, allowing its customers to focus their core operations such as drilling, production, oilfield services, and maritime operations. The company’s customer solutions enable broadband data, voice, and video communications with quality, availability, security, and scalability.
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Airspan offers reliable, robust, and secure connectivity solutions for oil and gas industry. The oilfield industry benefits from applications such as remote monitoring, in-field workforce tracking and coordination, onshore and offshore facility linking, and general data and video streaming. As the oilfield industry significantly benefits from the advantages of the 4G communications, Airspan offers next-generation connectivity solutions to support their business models and increase efficiency and performance. Airspan products are designed to deliver seamless, high-capacity, and flexible communication services that the oilfield industry demands.
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Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (IP-DSLAM), and data interface units), network management systems, and end-user systems and infrastructure (industrial CCTV systems, radio systems, VSAT systems, vehicle tracking systems and video conferencing, telepresence, and enterprise Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) solutions).
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