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Fisher Offshore Company Information

Fisher Offshore was formed in September 2006, following the merger of Scan Tech UK and Monyana Engineering Services, two companies that enjoyed over 20 successful years in the offshore industry. Combining Monyana’s expertise in lifting equipment and air compressors with Scan Tech’s capabilities in offshore deck equipment and subsea tooling, Fisher Offshore offers customers a broader, more cohesive range of marine support services. 

Based on eleven acres of land in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, Fisher Offshore has machine and welding facilities equipped with the latest equipment, manned by expert engineers . Together with skilled designers, paint and finishing shops, everything from the smallest hand winch to complex Zone 1 rated systems is manufactured and refurbished to the highest quality.

Aware of the importance of maintaining equipment at a constant state of readiness – especially offshore – we pride ourselves on an ability to supply all necessary materials ex stock. This is backed-up by our fully computerised stock control and pricing structure, allowing for the best possible service in the shortest possible time.

Fisher Offshore provides the offshore construction and subsea industry with a cohesive range of equipment and services, including:

  • Winches, Cranes & Lifting Equipment
  • Compressors
  • Offshore Deck Equipment
  • Umbilical Spooling Services
  • Subsea Tooling

The ‘HydroDigger’ Mass Flow Excavation System has been developed continuously over the last decade to produce the most robust, reliable and controllable seabed excavation system available. The precise tool is used for pipe trenching; inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM); seabed preparation and decommissioning applications.

It is our policy to provide the highest quality of equipment and services to our customers. This is acheived through our scrupulous Quality Management System which complies with the requirements of BS EN 9001:2000. 

Technical specifications and further information on our equipment fleet is available in the ‘Downloads’ section of this site.

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Recent Fisher Offshore Press Releases

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James Fisher and Sons plc announce acquisition Buchan Technical Services Limited for £4.9 million 23, 2007

Recent ExxonMobil Press Releases

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Iraq to sign technical pacts with 4 oil majors to develop five fields by March 01-02-2008
Chevron Initiates Production from Tengiz expansion projects 01-02-2008
Aker Kvaerner and ExxonMobil extend long term North Sea contract 25-01-2008
Mobil Nigeria awards US$220 million contract to AMEC, Jagal and NETCO 16-01-2008
ExxonMobil satisfied with agreement on Kashagan project 16-01-2008
ExxonMobil starts production at Kizomba C 10-01-2008
ExxonMobil Corp and Total S.A. amongst oil majors eyeing offshore Yemen blocks 10-01-2008
StatoilHydro and ExxonMobil finds hydrocarbons in Gulf of Mexico 09-01-2008
Gazprom plans Africa gas grab 07-01-2008
Shell and ExxonMobil joint venture to restart large Dutch oil project in 2010 27-12-2007
DKRW Advanced Fuels secures ExxonMobil MTG technology 19-12-2007
Gazprombank keen on Saudi gas projects 05-12-2007
Shell and ExxonMobil divest from German gas pipeline assets 26-11-2007
ExxonMobil to go exploring in Libya’s offshore Sirte basin 21-11-2007

ExxonMobil Company Information

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. We hold an industry-leading inventory of global oil and gas resources. We are the world’s largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products. And our chemical company ranks among the world’s largest. But we are also a technology company, applying science and innovation to find better, safer and cleaner ways to deliver the energy the world needs.

Over the last 125 years ExxonMobil has evolved from a regional marketer of kerosene in the U.S. to the largest publicly traded petroleum and petrochemical enterprise in the world. Today we operate in most of the world’s countries and are best known by our familiar brand names: Exxon, Esso and Mobil. We make the products that drive modern transportation, power cities, lubricate industry and provide petrochemical building blocks that lead to thousands of consumer goods. Learn more by using the slider or the arrows below to browse our history over time.

ExxonMobil has a long history of leadership in the petroleum and petrochemical industries. The discipline and commitment we apply in the execution of our business strategies have led to sustainable competitive advantages.

We are dedicated to maximizing the number of local employment opportunities wherever we do business. The development of a global workforce that is representative of our geographic presence promotes workforce diversity and access to local knowledge, and helps integrate the Corporation into localities around the world.

ExxonMobil recognizes that investing in local workforces around the world is essential to the long-term sustainability of our business. We are particularly focused on hiring local employees in emerging and developing economies. Local employees are being trained in increasing numbers for operational and leadership roles in both their home countries and around the world. Talented employees may be developed through assignments throughout the Corporation’s global operations.

Focusing on Sakhalin Island (Russia)
Offshore Sakhalin Oblast in the Russian Far East, ExxonMobil subsidiary Exxon Neftegas Limited (ENL) is developing the Chayvo, Odoptu, and Arkutun-Dagi oil and gas fields for the Sakhalin-1 consortium.

In Sakhalin, as in every region where we operate, we seek to hire local employees, build capacity, and contribute to local economic progress.

Our Approach
Our technical training programs for suppliers and contractors continue to reach more Sakhalin residents. Working with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), we helped welders improve their skills through certification classes and granted microfinance loans to encourage development of small- and medium-sized businesses, improving the oil services sector on Sakhalin.

ENL, along with its partners in the Sakhalin-1 Consortium, contributed another $200,000 to the loan fund of small- and medium-sized businesses in North Sakhalin in 2005, and a second office for the program was opened in Okha. Officials from USAID and ENL met with contractors at Sakhalin-1 project sites in 2005 to start bringing together local entrepreneurs, business opportunities, and financing for the benefit of all.

Since 2002, ENL has recruited 110 operations technicians and engineers for its production facilities located either on Sakhalin Island or the DeKastri terminal on the Russian Federation mainland. Each new employee completes a five-year training program in preparation for a future role in operations.

Exxon Mobil Corporation is committed to being the world’s premier petroleum and petrochemical company. To that end, we must continuously achieve superior financial and operating results while simultaneously adhering to high ethical standards.

The following principles guide our relationships with our shareholders, customers, employees, and communities:

Shareholders - We are committed to enhancing the long-term value of the investment dollars entrusted to us by our shareholders. By running the business profitably and responsibly, we expect our shareholders to be rewarded with superior returns. This commitment drives the management of our Corporation.

Customers - Success depends on our ability to consistently satisfy ever changing customer preferences. We commit to be innovative and responsive, while offering high quality products and services at competitive prices.

Employees - The exceptional quality of our workforce provides a valuable competitive edge. To build on this advantage, we will strive to hire and retain the most qualified people available and to maximize their opportunities for success through training and development. We are committed to maintaining a safe work environment enriched by diversity and characterized by open communication, trust, and fair treatment.

Communities - We commit to be a good corporate citizen in all the places we operate worldwide. We will maintain high ethical standards, obey all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, and respect local and national cultures. Above all other objectives, we are dedicated to running safe and environmentally responsible operations.

Exxon Mobil Corporation aspires to be at the leading edge of competition in every aspect of our business. That requires the Corporation’s resources — financial, operational, technological, and human — to be employed wisely and evaluated regularly.

While we maintain flexibility to adapt to changing conditions, the nature of our business requires a focused, long-term approach. We will consistently strive to improve efficiency and productivity through learning, sharing, and implementing best practices. We will be disciplined and selective in evaluating the range of capital investment opportunities available to us. We will seek to develop proprietary technologies that provide a competitive edge.

We aspire to achieve our goals by flawlessly executing our business plans and by adhering to these guiding principles and the foundation policies that follow.

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Recent Expro Group Press Releases

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Expro announces an LOI for the joint marketing and operation of light well intervention services Feb 05, 2008
Expro installs subsea fibres Feb 01, 2008
Expro shortlisted for major subsea business awards Jan 31, 2008
Subsea UK Business Awards 2008 shortlist unveiled Jan 30, 2008
First Reserve Corporation announces 906 million pounds sterling recommended acquisition of Abbot Group in largest ever drilling services buyout Dec 20, 2007
Expro awarded new exploration services contracts Dec 06, 2007
Expro adds to order book with 3 contract awards Nov 30, 2007
Expro Group and BP to test deepwater tool Nov 16, 2007
Expro Group and BP to test deepwater tool Nov 16, 2007
Expro announces contract awards over US$300 million Sep 26, 2007

Expro Group Company Information

Expro’s business is well flow management. Expro is a leading provider of services and products that measure, improve, control and process flow from high-value oil and gas wells.

Through our global and regional operations, we offer our clients the expertise and reliability borne of years of experience in the industry. Our products, services and technology in Well Testing & Commissioning, Production Systems, Wireline Intervention, Drilling Chokes and Connectors & Measurements give us the market edge and ensure we remain a trusted partner for all your well flow management needs.

Expro has grown rapidly in recent years, both organically and through strategic acquisitions, to become a leading player in the global market place. Today’s Expro combines the strengths of our extensive worldwide operations and brings them together under one Expro brand. At the same time as delivering excellence in operations to our clients worldwide, Expro is revealing a new brand identity.

The relationships we have developed over many years with our clients remain as important to us as ever. Through Expro and our acquisitions, we have rightly gained the reputation of being market leaders who are local, reliable and easy to work with.

In today’s Expro, that commitment remains. The relationships you have developed with Expro, Ecodrill, Egis, DHV, Kinley, Tronic, Matre, Petrotech, Power Chokes, PowerWell Services, and SPS, will continue to deliver under the new Expro brand.

Expro’s industry knowledge and that commitment to deliver, combined with innovative technology, empowers the company to offer exemplary solutions to clients.

Expro employs more than 4,000 highly-trained people in 50 countries through a regional operational structure. Expro is supported by product centres in Europe and North America and a corporate office in the UK.

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Visit CSL at Subsea 08 Exhibition stand C2 on 14 February 2008

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008

CSL is exhibiting at Subsea 08 – a View to the Future, Europe’s biggest subsea event.

On Thursday 14 February, CSL will join over 80 exhibitors at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre to showcase the latest innovations and services in the subsea arena.

The Subsea 08 Conference, which is sponsored by CSL, takes place on the previous day, Wednesday 13 February and features high profile speakers from the international subsea sector.

CSL’s Managing Director, Mark Gillespie says, “CSL is delighted to be sponsoring the conference for the second year in succession as it continues to attract local and international speakers of an exceptionally high calibre and an audience from across the broad subsea spectrum.

Like many other companies in the subsea sector, CSL is experiencing significant international growth, and Subsea 08 is a great platform for sharing knowledge and gaining a better understanding of how to maximise opportunities and create a sustainable future for the subsea industry, both in the UK and overseas.”

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SeaBird USD 7-8 million contract with Cairn Energy India

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008

SeaBird has entered into a contract with Cairn Energy India (“Cairn”) for a 2D survey outside the East coast of India of between 3,100 to 3,600 line km.  The total gross contract value is estimated to be between USD 7-8 million. The survey will be acquired with the Geo Mariner and will commence towards the end of Q1 2008.

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DeepOcean wins subsea decommissioning contract in UK

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008

DeepOcean ASA (”DeepOcean”) (OSE: DEEP) has received a Letter of Intent with AF Decom Offshore, a business unit of AF Gruppen, for all subsea work in connection with the removal of the Offshore Loading Buoy installations at the Kittywake field in UK waters. DeepOcean will provide the offshore vessel with associated equipment and personnel together with onshore engineering and project management services. AF Decom Offshore holds the main contract with UK client Venture Production plc.

DeepOcean will use its new build vessel ‘Volantis’ for the offshore campaign which comprise the following services: cutting and recovery of Loading Buoy mooring lines, mooring piles, PLEM, clumpweight, buoyancy element, rigid pipe spools, flexible riser and umbilicals.

The contract value is about NOK 60 million and the work will be performed during summer of 2008.

DeepOcean’s CEO Kåre Johannes Lie commented: ‘Following DeepOcean’s successful execution of the subsea decommissioning work at the Frigg Field for Total in 2005/06, the award of this contract for the Kittywake Field recognise DeepOcean as being a key subsea services contractor in the offshore oil and gas decommissioning market and enable us to further demonstrate the company’s expertise in this area’.

For further information, contact

CEO Kåre Johannes Lie

Tel.: +47 52 70 04 00

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Linde receives contract from BASF for hydrogen plant

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008

Munich, 4 February 2008 – The technology group The Linde Group has signed a contract with BASF to construct a large hydrogen plant for their facility in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Linde will be handling the basic and detail engineering and materials procurement for this project as well as installation and commissioning. The turn-key hydrogen plant is scheduled to go into operation in mid-September 2009.

“This project once again demonstrates our outstanding expertise and competitiveness in the area of hydrogen technology,” said Dr. Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG.

The efficient application of Linde process technologies results in an optimisation of operating costs. In addition, the plant significantly falls below many limits set by environmental protection regulations.

Linde already has built oxygen and ethylene production plants at the Ludwigshafen facility, but this is the first hydrogen plant that Linde supplies to BASF. When the new plant goes into operation, it will increase the facility’s total hydrogen capacity by 50,000 standard cubic metres (Nm³/h). The highly purified hydrogen will be fed into the BASF internal pipeline network.

The Linde Group is one of the leading providers of hydrogen plants and has already set up more than 200 facilities of this type worldwide.

The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with more than 50,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide. Following the acquisition of The BOC Group plc, the company has gases and engineering sales of approximately €12 billion per annum. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.

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Total signs two heavy oil study agreements with PDVSA in Venezuela

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008

Total announces the signature of two joint study agreements with PDVSA concerning the Junin 10 block in the Orinoco Belt in Venezuela.

Signed by Christophe de Margerie, Chief Executive Officer of Total, and Rafael Ramirez, Minister of Energy and Petroleum of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and President and Chief Executive Officer of PDVSA, the state-owned oil company, the agreements call for appraising the block’s extra-heavy crude oil reserves and examining a project to produce extra-heavy oil.

Covering nearly 600 square kilometers, the Junin 10 block is located in the Orinoco Belt, south and west of the area developed by Sincor, which is being transformed into PetroCedeño, a mixed company.

The two agreements illustrate Total and PDVSA’s commitment to maintain their cooperation over the long term, especially to develop the Orinoco Belt’s significant reserves of extra-heavy crude oil.

Total in Venezuela

Total is present in Venezuela through Sincor, which started in 2000 and has a production and conversion capacity of more than 200,000 barrels per day of extra-heavy crude oil into high quality light synthetic crude. Sincor is currently being transformed into a mixed company called PetroCedeño, in which Total will hold a 30.323% stake. Total also holds interests of 69.5% in the Yucal Placer project and 49% in the offshore Plataforma Deltana Block 4 exploration project.

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Expro announces an LOI for the joint marketing and operation of light well intervention services

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008

Expro today announces the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) with Aker Oilfield Services Ltd to jointly market its proprietary AX-S rigless intervention technology together with Aker Oilfield Services state of the art fleet of well intervention vessels.

The intent is to develop, subject to agreeing final terms, a global alliance relationship for all markets which will allow customers to procure the combined capabilities of Expro and Aker Oilfield Services in a seamless, integrated and fully aligned manner. Expro will bring its proprietary AX-S well intervention technology to the alliance, extensive global operating capability and comprehensive track record of global subsea well operations. Aker Oilfield Services is investing in a fleet of state of the art subsea intervention vessels due for delivery from 2009, and will bring its extensive knowledge of subsea operations.

Both companies intend to leverage the extensive capabilities within their respective companies to develop a comprehensive, market-leading offering for the rapidly emerging subsea development and production markets.

Graeme Coutts, CEO of Expro International Group, said: “Expro is recognised for innovation and quality in the important subsea technology market segment. The AX-S rigless intervention system, which is currently under development, is recognised as having the potential to greatly assist our customers as they strive to reduce deepwater project costs and recover additional reserves from their assets. Today’s announcement marks a further step towards commercialisation of AX-S and sends a clear message to our customers that Expro and Aker Oilfield Services are jointly focused on delivering step-change performance and complete solutions for their subsea challenges.”

Per-Ola Baalerud, CEO of Aker Oilfield Services, said: “Aker Oilfield Services has developed its well intervention service offering in close dialogue with potential customers, partners and third party suppliers, since the company was established in 2006. The letter of intent with Expro comes as a result of a thorough evaluation of the available and planned technologies for deepwater subsea wireline intervention, supported by valuable operational experience gained by our partners.”

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BP delivers dividend boost and again replaces oil and gas reserves by more than 100 per cent

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008

BP today announced an increase of 25 per cent in its quarterly dividend, taking it to a level 31 per cent higher than a year ago.

Chief Executive Tony Hayward said the rise reflected the company’s increasingly robust view of the future and greater confidence in its ability to deliver sustained dividend income to shareholders.

The move also marks a shift in the balance between dividends and buybacks as a means of returning value to shareholders. BP said the repurchase of its own stock over the past eight years had shrunk its equity base by some 16 per cent, making a higher dividend more affordable. Hayward said the company would continue to buy back its shares, as appropriate.

BP again replenished its oil and gas reserves by more than its annual production, the 14th consecutive year it has reported reserves replacement in excess of 100 per cent, excluding acquisitions and divestments, a track record described by Hayward as “among the very best in our industry”. The company said it had also lifted its crude price assumption from $40 to some $60 a barrel for planning purposes but would continue to benchmark projects to be robust at lower prices.

BP reported replacement cost profits, excluding non-operating items, of some $4 billion for the final quarter of 2007, a fall of one per cent on the corresponding quarter of 2006, bringing results for the year as a whole to $17.6 billion.

“Although our fourth-quarter profits were very disappointing in refining and marketing in particular, we made good, step-by-step progress in bringing new oil and gas fields on stream and rebuilding refining capacity during the period,” Hayward said.

“Output is now ramping up from those fields and refineries and we anticipate that will feed through to the bottom line in the course of the year. We expect BP’s overall oil and gas production to grow in 2008, although our exact net volumes will depend on how the crude price affects entitlements from production-sharing agreements.”

To support growth, Hayward said Group capital spending was expected to increase from some $19 billion in 2007 to between $21 billion and $22 billion this year and, assuming a $60 price per barrel going forward, BP production would be over four million barrels of oil equivalent a day in 2009, rising to some 4.3 million barrels a day in 2012.

Reporting on the measures announced in October to cut BP’s costs by slimming management and infrastructure and strengthening central control of spending, he said he was now confident of reducing corporate overheads by 15 – 20 per cent.

“The steps we have already initiated will cut BP’s headcount by some 5,000 by the middle of next year. This is in addition to the 9,500 jobs that will move off the payroll as a result of franchising our US convenience retail business.”

He said that resulting restructuring costs were some $350 million in the fourth quarter of last year and expected to total around a further $1 billion in 2008, with material benefits feeding through in 2009.

Hayward described the competitive financial performance of refining and marketing as “very poor – despite the fact that we have a strong set of assets. The principal reason is poor reliability in some of our US refineries, which is compounded by the complexity and overhead structure of the business segment.

“But there is far more to do than merely restoring US refining reliability. We are absolutely determined to transform our downstream business as a whole. It will not happen overnight, but we believe that the performance gap with our competitors can be progressively narrowed in the next few years.”

Hayward said operations had made steady progress in the fourth quarter, with the start-up of six new exploration and production projects adding an extra 250,000 barrels a day to BP’s output of oil and gas. Refining capacity recovered to 300,000 barrels a day at Whiting and Texas City is on track to restore most of its economic capability by mid-year.

Hayward said BP’s upstream business had secured access to major new sources of oil and gas in Oman, Libya and Canada, underpinning confidence in future growth.

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BHP Billiton considers options on Rio Tinto

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008

BHP Billiton will announce tonight whether it intends to make a formal offer for Rio Tinto or walk away from its rival for at least six months.

BHP’s advisers were yesterday digesting comments by the boss of Chinalco, the Chinese state-backed aluminium producer which last Thursday teamed up with US aluminium giant Alcan for a daring dawn raid on Rio, intended to derail BHP’s bid.

Chinalco’s President Xioa Yaqing told journalists in Melbourne the company would be willing to sell its share of the duo’s 12pc stake at the right price. Chinalco would sell “if we made money,” said Mr Xioa.

It is understood BHP believes the Chinese would sell on the right terms. The company believes China would not block a merger if it could get guarantees BHP will not use the tie-up to hike iron ore prices. But BHP will not contact Chinalco before making its announcement today, because the Takeover Panel’s “put up or shut up” order takes effect on Wednesday and with the clock ticking the company’s bargaining position is very weak.

China’s growing willingness to intervene in the global markets to protect its commodities supply line was highlighted yesterday when another UK-listed miner Anglo-American announced a strategic partnership with China Development Bank, the state-backed bank that financed Chinalco’s stake in Rio. The partnership will give Anglo-American access to new markets Africa and China.

BHP is set to make its final decision on Rio today. The most likely scenario is that it will make a hostile bid, going direct to Rio’s shareholders either with a repetition of its three-for-one all share offer or with an improved bid, possibly with a cash sweetener. However, it has not ruled out walking away.

Chinalco’s advisers met Australian government officials last night to discuss its controversial stake. The company made a voluntary submission to Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board last week. Filings are compulsory for stakes of more than 14.5pc in any Australian company, but there are stricter rules for state-owned companies such as sovereign wealth funds.

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Ericsson sign first contract for Napster Mobile service in Latin America with Entel PCS in Chile

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Napster (NASDAQ:NAPS) have signed an agreement with leading Chilean operator Entel PCS to launch the first Napster Mobile service in Latin America. The Napster Mobile service was co-developed by Ericsson and Napster.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will have end-to-end responsibility for systems integration, management of the day-to-day operations and development of the service, which features Napster’s catalog of more than three million songs. The agreement also includes content and digital rights management, enabling the operator to launch the service easily and cost efficiently.

Napster Mobile is based on Ericsson’s service delivery platform and will enable Entel PCS’s subscribers to search, browse, preview and purchase content via i-shop (the mobile portal of Entel PCS) wireless handsets. The service offers a dual-delivery option for simultaneous downloads to subscribers’ mobile phones and PCs.

Carlos Rodríguez, Product and Services Manager for Entel PCS, says: “Once again, we are the first mobile operator in Latin America to launch a world-class service. This time it is Napster Mobile, an Ericsson multimedia solution that will help us meet our customers’ growing demand for premium and personalized mobile content.”

Brad Duea, President of Napster, says: “We are excited to add Latin America to our global footprint, which also includes the North American, Japanese and European markets. Through our partnership with Ericsson, we look forward to offering a superior mobile music experience to Entel PCS customers.”

Gino Montalto, Head of Ericsson Chile, says: “This deal will enable access to a range of attractive services for end users and open up new revenue streams for Entel PCS. Our hosted solution allows the operator to remain focused on their core business while launching new services quickly and cost effectively.”

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Ericsson is advancing its vision of ‘communication for all’ through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 70,000 employees generated revenue of USD 27.9 billion (SEK 189 billion) in 2007. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on the Stockholm, London and NASDAQ stock exchanges.

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About Entel PCS

Entel PCS is the mobile subsidiary of the Entel group, a leading telecommunications company in Chile. Since its creation in 1998, Entel PCS has been a competitive force in the area of mobile telephony, providing quality service, innovation and wide geographical coverage for areas such as Antarctica and Easter Island. Entel PCS has more than 5.5 million subscribers and was the first operator in Latin America to introduce GSM and GPRS services.

About Ericsson Managed Services

Ericsson has the telecom industry’s most comprehensive managed services offering. It ranges from designing, building, operating and managing day-to-day operations of a customer’s network, including end user services and business support systems, to hosting service applications and content, as well as providing network coverage and capacity on demand. As the undisputed leader in managed services, Ericsson has officially announced more than 100 managed services contracts with operators worldwide since 2002. In all current managed services contracts, excluding hosting, Ericsson is managing networks that together serve more than 185 million subscribers worldwide.

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Audemat to develop DVB-SH test and measurement equipment and mobile metering for Alcatel-Lucent

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008

BORDEAUX-MÉRIGNAC, France, February 4/PRNewswire/ — NAVIGATOR DVB-SH the First Such Equipment Available on the Market Audemat ( announced in advance of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain that they have received in collaboration with Teamcast an R&D contract from Alcatel-Lucent to develop a unit that combines Test and Measurement capabilities and Mobile Metering for DVB-SH. Audemat will showcase a NAVIGATOR DVB-SH prototype unit in Barcelona. “The NAVIGATOR DVB-SH is the first mobile test and measurement equipment DVB-SH-by-Alcatel approved on the market” States Jean-Baptiste Roux VP of Sales. “It is capable of measuring and determining the reception quality of a mobile DVB-H and DVB-SH TV signal”. This unit will be developed in partnership with Teamcast and UDCAST, two DVB specialists, part of the Alcatel DVB-SH work group. Audemat will use its expertise in mobile Test and Measurement systems to develop a laboratory type equipment that remains rugged and user friendly. This unit will target TELCO operators or manufacturers like Alcatel (France), Orange (France), ICO (USA) or Broadcasters such as RAI (Italy) or SFR (France) that are working on pilot projects for mobile TV broadcasting in DVB-SH. Several DVB-SH deployments are happening around the world at this time. “The NAVIGATOR DVB-SH is the first unit of its kind which combines laboratory grade equipment for transmitter installation and validation of the transmitter’s settings; and mobile test equipment to measure the quality of reception” state Nicolas Boulay VP R&D.

A production version of the unit will be exhibited at NAB2008 in Las Vegas, USA. “This product will be very important for the US market with the coming introduction of DVB-SH by ICO and other operators” States Christophe Poulain, VP of Sales for Audemat-Aztec Inc.


The NAVIGATOR DVB-SH has been designed to perform mobile measurement campaigns for DVB-T, DVB-H and DVB-SH networks, compatible with S-UMTS and VHF/UHF bands. This portable equipment can be used either in a vehicle moving at normal speed or by a pedestrian (indoors or outdoors). The NAVIGATOR DVB-SH includes a high quality receiver for accurate DVB-SH measurements. When the mobile measurement campaign is finished, the DVB Reader software automatically performs a quality analysis: all the essential parameters are compared to standardized values and an overall quality indicator is generated (Good, Average or Bad). These indicators can also be displayed on a map, so that users can evaluate instantaneously their coverage quality. In addition the NAVIGATOR DVB-SH can be used for installation of DVB-SH terrestrial repeaters that complement satellite coverage.

About Audemat:

AUDEMAT ( is pioneer in the conception of innovative products for Broadcast professionals. 100 employees are located at the Bordeaux-Merignac. AUDEMAT has two subsidiary companies in Beijing (China) since the beginning of 2008 and in Miami (Floride-USA).

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