US-based RigNet has selected Intellian as its hardware partner on a contract to provide remote communications solutions to an offshore driller.

Last month, RigNet secured a contract to provide the communications solutions to an undisclosed driller across its entire global fleet of existing and new build rigs.

Under the latest contract, Intellian will supply 17 v240M terminals, which have been designed for the maritime industry with fully automatic switching between Ku-band and C-band.

"RigNet counts on advanced terminals to satisfy growing demand for intelligent oilfield solutions driven by the increasing complexity of offshore drilling operations."

Vessels operating in a wide area move between operational areas and need the ability to switch frequency bands. Multiband satellite communications address these needs and are becoming a key capability in the offshore oil and gas market, Intellian said.

According to Intellian, the v240M terminal serves as a 2.4m multiband maritime antenna.

RigNet CEO and president Mark Slaughter said: "RigNet counts on advanced terminals to satisfy growing demand for intelligent oilfield solutions driven by the increasing complexity of offshore drilling operations.

"The automatic switching capabilities of the Intellian v240M terminal help meet these requirements, while delivering the reliability and robustness our customers demand."

Intellian CEO Eric Sung said: "This contract is an important one for Intellian as it recognises the quality and reliability of our terminals to deliver superior performance in the most challenging operating environments.

"We are delighted to be selected to work with RigNet, a company uniquely positioned to provide the mission critical service and support demanded by the offshore drilling industry."