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All Circuits Are Busy Now

Written by  David Myers March 3, 2014

For those who heed the advice to “be prepared,” communications can be the first thing you get back online, even while the local utility companies try to figure where to start the restoration effort. The key to getting your operation back to business as usual, amidst the chaos, is planning ahead with a self-contained back-up communications solution that does not rely on any local infrastructure. In short, you need an independently powered satellite communications system. Despite the cliché, it really is what you do to prepare before a disaster that determines how well and how quickly you will recover from it. That was certainly the case for BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified resources company. With offices and operations all along the Gulf Coast, BHP Billiton purchased a disaster recovery satellite solution, to provide back-up communications for its shorebases supporting offshore oilfield facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. The trailer-mounted, self-contained

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