Adapting Mobile Devices to Private LTE/CBRS Networks

The potential for many new dedicated secure and private LTE/CBRS networks is on the rise. An important question is: how will commercially available mobile devices connect on these networks?

Three elements are needed for a private LTE network:

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Industrial Private LTE & Wi-Fi: Coexisting

Industrial LTE & Wifi

I often am asked to describe how Private LTE and Wi-Fi would coexist in an industrial company looking at adding Private LTE to its existing Wi-Fi infrastructure.   Since most Industrial Customers ask the question, I decided to summarize thoughts expressed in most of these meetings.   Below are my thoughts.    Let me know if you agree or disagree.

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Private LTE Q&A

How do you determine if you have a real, dedicated and secure private LTE enterprise network?

  • You have a Private LTE  IF your enterprise network has;
    • a) its unique & dedicated SIM cards profile and,
    • b) you control the enterprise LTE EPC CORE, the user access and traffic profiles.
  • You do NOT have a Private LTE if you share the SIM card profile with other clients from your service provider and do not have the control of your EPC Core.  at best in this case you have a semi-private LTE network.

Drillers Using Fuel to Power Fracking Operations

A very interesting article from Bloomberg.  However IMO we also have to add that GAS producers for years now have been using Gas Generators and even Termo Electric Generators (TEG) to generate the required electricity at well sites where there is no grid power.  For gas producers of all sizes in the USA and abroad,  Gas or T-E Generators have been a proven way to power well pad process, automation, control, and telecom equipment.   So this article below covers how the industry may migrate from massive mobile diesel generators to serious, serious on-site gas power generation to support fracking fleets! And let’s face it e-Fracking sound more ecologically friendly VS Gas-Fracking.  Never the less for Shell’s Haliburton to adopt it is great news for the O&G industry and the environment!

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Digital Transformation in O&G Delivering Increased Efficiencies

Digital Transformation in O&G Delivering Increased Efficiencies

From the latest API report (May-2019)

According to the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) latest monthly statistical report.  Texas crude oil output exceeded 5 MMbpd last month for the first time. U.S. crude oil production reached a new all-time high of 12.2 million barrels per day (MMbpd) in May.


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Private Wireless Network Technology Toolkit. LTE is the latest shiny tool in the box!


You are responsible for delivering a fit-for-purpose, industrial/mission critical, wireless infrastructure to your internal customers.  This infrastructure will have to handle all their various current and foreseeable needs.  You need to deliver performance, flexibility, and efficiency for all your customers fixed, nomadic and mobility use cases.  Do you think you can do it with a single new technology?  What about the technologies you might already have in place and how to complement them with LTE Mobility.  Let’s look at real-life Private Industrial/Mission-Critical Networks, and what you need to build them.

In recent weeks I have been meeting with many organizations in different verticals and countries. There is a common discussion occurring, centered about what wireless infrastructure is best suited for each use case.  One client said it very well – “ Louis, I live in a small condo, and I am not very handy, but I would not be able to manage with a simple screwdriver.  I also need a hammer, a set of pliers and a few other tools in my bag.  So how can I possibly build a network with a single tool like LTE?”

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Private Industrial LTE VS Public Commercial LTE… Just like Industrial VS City Pickups!

As more and more companies are looking at Private LTE networks to help supplement their current existing broadband networks, let’s look at some of the justifications and differences.

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Digital Oilfield (DOF) – Broadband Needs Analysis Survey Results

DOF Needs Analysis

Over the last few years, we have surveyed many leading O&G companies to see what they thought the requirements for broadband would be as they migrate to the true deployments of DOF (Digital Oilfield).  Continue reading “Digital Oilfield (DOF) – Broadband Needs Analysis Survey Results”