Addressing the challenges of internet connectivity in remote mine sites


The modern mine site requires high throughput broadband connectivity to support increasingly digitalised operations and smart technologies.

Digital transformation is driving the need for high-speed and reliable broadband connectivity to support applications such as videoconferencing, remote production operations, and real-time data analytics. To enable the adoption of autonomous operations and the realisation of a smart mine, the availability of enhanced connectivity is critical.

Intrinsically, mine sites are remote in nature, and located in some of the most inhospitable terrain of Australia and Papua New Guinea. Whilst this underlines the need for consistent internet even further, it simultaneously presents a problem. How can mining operations ensure uninterrupted internet connectivity when they are geographically challenged?

According to John Turnbull, Sales Director of SES Networks in the Australia and the Pacific, the answer lies in the skies.

“The unparalleled reach of satellites and their ability to provide fibre-equivalent connectivity to mine sites, is available today through SES,” he explains. “We provide the industry’s only hybrid of low-latency medium earth orbit (MEO) and geostationary earth orbit (GEO) high-throughput satellites. This basically means that Australian mines – regardless of their location and requirement– can have the comprehensive coverage they will need to support IoT applications, real-time remote operations, machine to machine learning and autonomous controls.”

To explain how SES can enable smart and automated mining operations, John will be presenting at a mining symposium hosted by Australian Mining at 1pm, August 19th, 2021.

“If you’d like to learn how these next-generation satellite communications systems can transform your remote mining operation and commercialisation, I strongly encourage you to register for this free event,” shares John. “In this live session we will unpack what a digital mining solution can look like with our existing O3b MEO constellation, the next-generation O3b mPOWER communications system, and GEO HTS technology. We will also share a real case study example of a mine experience in Papua New Guinea.”

Importantly, those who attend the symposium will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panel.

“The objective of this symposium is not just to educate those working in mining operations about the benefits of the new satellite technologies, but to bring people together for a dynamic discussion about what this type of connectivity means for the modern mine in terms of productivity, safety and morale,” John says. “I’m personally looking forward to both presenting and being part of that conversation.”


The webinar, entitled Mining symposium: Ensure reliable broadband connectivity in remote sites with satellite is being hosted by Australian Mining at 1pm, August 19th, 2021. Registrations are free.

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