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Broadband technology to boost oil and gas sector communications in sub-Saharan Africa

22nd May 2014

xG Technology, a developer of mobile broadband network products and spectrum sharing technologies, has announced that it has signed a letter of intent with Shoreline Energy International to explore partnership and deployment opportunities for the xMax mobile broadband solution throughout the sub-Sahara Africa region

Broadband technology to boost oil and gas sector communications in sub-Saharan Africa
Oil platforms and petroleum pipelines require robust surveillance and protection systems to prevent economic loss

xG and Shoreline have identified a number of sectors where xMax cognitive radio technology can deliver a compelling wireless solution, with a particular focus on deployments in critical infrastructure environments. These include oil platforms and petroleum pipelines, which require robust surveillance and protection systems to prevent economic loss. The ability of xMax to deliver a high level of resiliency, survivability and interoperability are key benefits to the oil and gas industry.

"Combining xG's leading-edge technology with the Shoreline's already well-established experience within infrastructure and telecom markets in sub-Saharan Africa opens the door to substantial commercial opportunities for both companies," said Philip Rambech of Stratos Group.   "Africa has repeatedly shown itself willing to sidestep conventional technology in an effort to find solutions tailored to its specific requirements. These markets have a real need for the disruptive cognitive radio solutions from xG Technology, particularly in delivering cost-efficient rural area coverage, bringing additional bandwidth to congested areas and being deployed in incident-related situations."

"We are excited to be entering into this business relationship with Shoreline to work together in Africa, which is the world's fastest-growing wireless market," said George Schmitt, Chairman of xG Technology. "Our partnership to seek opportunities for xMax with Shoreline, one of Africa's most respected companies, underscores the increasing need for a robust, flexible, affordable wireless solution in developing international markets."

xMax is a comprehensive fixed and mobile broadband solution that is designed for rapid deployment and low operating costs. It offers a carrier-grade user experience and can serve as a network backbone or last-mile solution for a number of markets and applications. xMax leverages software defined radio (SDR) and cognitive radio access network technology that enable efficient sharing of both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

Shoreline is Africa's leading holding company, with vast interests in oil and gas, power, infrastructure, construction, agriculture, commodity trading, technology, food, entertainment and retail. Through their subsidiaries they are active in a number of countries, including Nigeria, Uganda, Angola and Kenya.

Stratos Group, a mobile solutions provider and contracted reseller of xG Technology, will play a key role in identifying and securing local partnering opportunities on behalf of xG and Shoreline.  

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