Communication

Not satisfied with the status quo of the available information and communication technology (ICT) in Southern Iraq, Petronor formed a subsidiary, NorseOne, mandated with introducing the latest communication technology. Petronor, NorseOne and their Iraqi partner Najmit Al Noor have worked together in bringing the latest medium earth orbiting satellite bandwidth technologies, network technologies, audio visual solution and general ICT support to Southern Iraq.

The incorporation of NorseOne was completed during October 2014 and operations started with its first geostationary earth orbiting satellite connectivity contract during December 2014 and a 3-year commitment was signed with O3B to bring commercial medium earth orbiting satellite connectivity to the market during Q4 2015. The vision for NorseOne is to become a preferred ICT network and services solutions provider in the Southern Iraq energy sector with its mission to provide efficient, cost effective and redundant network architecture, bandwidth connectivity and in-country datacenter solutions. Petronor, Norse One and their Iraqi partner Najmit Al Noor are focused on the energy related sector.

Connectivity

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Fiber bandwidth is purchased through upstream intermediary whole sellers who in turn purchase from the Iraqi Telecommunication and Post Company (ITPC) and are licensed through the Ministry of Communication (MOC) and their Communications and Media Commission (CMC).

ITPC is a government-owned and operated corporation responsible for providing telecommunication and mail services in Iraq and custodian of the existing fiber network. Where it pertains satellite, microwave-using licensed frequencies, and radio technologies and services, all providers need to be licensed or able to demonstrate that licensing is in process. Geostationary earth orbiting satellite bandwidth is purchased through whole sellers and medium earth orbiting satellite bandwidth is purchased thru O3B. Geostationary satellite bandwidth has been the mainstay of communications in Geostationary earth orbiting satellite bandwidth is purchased through whole sellers and medium earth orbiting satellite bandwidth is purchased thru O3B. Geostationary satellite bandwidth has been the mainstay of communications in remote location with relatively high latency and low signal throughput directly related to the distance of the satellites from the earth at approximately 40,000km. Medium earth orbiting satellite bandwidth is characterized by relative low latencies less than 150ms and fiber like speeds, also directly related to the proximity of its satellite constellation to earth at approximately 8,000km.

NorseOne is a member of RIPE NCC (The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre). RIPE NCC is the Regional Internet Registry for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia. As such, they allocate and register blocks of Internet number resources to Internet service providers (ISPs) and other organizations. The RIPE NCC is a not-for-profit organisation that works to support the RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens) community and the wider Internet community. The RIPE NCC membership consists mainly of Internet service providers, telecommunication.

Network Management

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Petronor, NorseOne and their Iraqi partner Najmit Al Noor design, build, operate and support distribution network characterized through high-speed point to multipoint microwave signal transmission to buildings (sectors), Secured Ethernet connectivity for WiFi and wired access, Multi-channel (2.4/5GHz) WiFi access across identified buildings and spaces within the premises.

The modus operandi is to create a reliable and scalable LAN service for the premises that integrates with the existing provision and yet augments and improves the delivery. Scalability is a must i.e every solution must meet the requirements not only for the personnel on site today but also for simplified changes as the site expands. Creating a highly available, high capacity and stable ‘always on communications’ platform is a critical requirement. The implementation normally takes a phased approach and Petronor, NorseOne and their Iraqi partner Najmit Al Noor also provide managed services that include data centers and communications towers.

A dedicated engineering team can be brought onsite to deliver maintenance and support as agreed under robust SLA (service level agreement). Support can be provided to built and operate network operating centers.

Distributed AV Solutions

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Petronor, NorseOne and their Iraqi partner Najmit Al Noor manage and maintain distributed television systems either IP or analog, the cabling and its associated equipment housed in the various server rooms, as well as support with implementing and maintaining the CCTV camera plan. Support can be provided to manage existing network TV systems for upgrades and ongoing services and to manage, install, monitor and maintain CCTV cameras as required.

IT Support

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Petronor, NorseOne and their Iraqi partner Najmit Al Noor provide general ICT support at the customer’s premises. This includes the day-to-day computer hardware and software support, including laptop, PC, smartphones, printers, scanners and accessories. An inventory of equipment issued can also be maintained, as well as the ICT related stores content. Support and advice can be given to recommend computer hardware and software standardization.