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Satellite communications are enabling oil and gas companies to increase productivity and reduce costs, and for a disproportionately small expense. This is the conclusion reached through a long-standing collaboration between the oil and gas sector and providers of the energy sector’s mission critical information and communications technologies (ICTs), companies comprising the membership of GVF.


For example, in the hydrocarbons exploration and production (E&P) environment key questions include:

  • Is the industry doing all that it can to optimise its production and exploration return on investment?
  • How can the outcomes of upstream E&P activities be maximised?
  • What cutting-edge technologies are needed to ensure enhanced levels of oil and gas recovery?

Whilst the answers lay within the realms of multiple disciplines, they must include reference to the fact that operational success in the upstream is dependent on access to the most efficient ICTs, and to the wealth of sophisticated applications these technologies bring to the teams of geologists, geophysicists, drilling engineers, seismic data analysts, etc., who locate new oil and gas reserves and extract them from the ground and from beneath the ocean floor through the collection of massive amounts of disparate data in multiple formats (including GPS, acoustic, compass and other sensor data) and using such information for predictive analysis.

GVF, with its partner EMP, began the Oil & Gas Communications Conference Series in May 2006. It has since presented multiple conference programmes in Europe (Aberdeen), the Middle East (Cairo and Abu Dhabi), South East Asia (Kuala Lumpur), and South America (Rio de Janeiro). The topics discussed at these events, reflected in the presentations available on this website, provide wide and ample evidence of the services and technologies that are offered by the satellite communications industry as an integral element of the resources that can be commanded by the energy sector in its pursuit of efficiencies in exploration and cost-effectiveness in production.

GVF Full Members

  • Arabsat - Arab Satellite Communications Organisation
  • Eutelsat Communications
  • Gilat Satellite Networks, Ltd.
  • Hughes Network Systems LLC
  • General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • ViaSat, Inc.
  • SpeedCast
  • SES
  • Yahsat
  • Talia Group
  • iDirect
  • Inmarsat
  • Intelsat
  • O3b Networks Ltd
  • OneWeb
  • MEASAT
  • Telesat
  • KBZ Gateway Company, Ltd.