1Q 2020

Networking and Communications for Smart Mines and Digital Oilfields

Wired and Wireless, Public and Private Networking Solutions for WAN, NAN, IoT, and Workforce Communications: Global Market Outlook and Forecast

The advent of powerful, digital technology solutions is changing the face of heavy industry. Now more than ever, analytics, automation, asset management, predictive maintenance, and location/tracking applications, among others, are de rigeur in the mining and upstream oil and gas (O&G) industries. This in turn is making robust, site-wide connectivity imperative, even in the remote, difficult to serve locations where most mines and oil fields are found.

Important developments in networking and communications technologies are also fueling this trend toward digitization, sometimes called Industry 4.0. Lower cost, software defined networking standards, lower latency millimeter-band spectrum-based solutions and longer battery life for Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks are just some of the advances that make connectivity more powerful in industrial settings today.

This Guidehouse Insights report provides an overview of the key networking and communications technologies being deployed at smart mines and in active digital oilfields, and provides an overview of the key industry trends, communications technologies, market drivers, and outlook for investment in networking and communications solutions for smart mines and digital oilfields. Wide area and near area networks (WANs and NANs), IoT sensor networks, and workforce communications and tracking networks are all described and included in the market forecasts, which extend through 2029.

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Tables | Charts | Figures 153
  • How large is the market for investment in networking and communications at smart mines and digital oilfields, and how fast is it expected to grow?
  • What networking technologies are dominant in smart mines and digital oilfields?
  • Why are the mining and oil & gas industries embracing digital technology and connectivity?
  • What are the key applications enabled by networking at smart mines and digital oilfields?
  • Which networking technology vendors are active in the mining and O&G verticals and what solutions do they offer?
  • Which are the largest O&G production and mining operators worldwide and where do they operate?
  • Networking solutions vendors
  • IoT solutions vendors
  • Workforce communications vendors
  • Oil & gas production firms
  • Oil & gas services firms
  • Oil & gas drilling firms
  • Mining operators
  • Federal and state policymakers
  • Private financial institutions
  • Universities and research organizations
  • Investor community

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Introduction

1.2   Market Outlook

2. Market Issues

2.1   Introduction

2.2   Mining Industry Basics

2.2.1   Surface Mining

2.2.2   Underground Mining

2.3   Digital Oilfields Basics

2.3.1   O&G Production

2.3.2   Onshore vs. Offshore

2.3.2.1   Onshore Production

2.3.2.2   Offshore Production

2.4   Applications and Market Drivers for Smart Mines and Digital Oilfields

2.4.1   Mobile Crew Communications, Tracking and Remote Collaboration

2.4.1.1   The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act

2.4.1.2   Remote Collaboration and Inspection

2.4.2   Improved Safety and Security Applications and Drivers

2.4.2.1   Real-Time Video Surveillance

2.4.2.2   Internet of Things Sensor Networks for Safety, Environmental Protection, and Regulatory Compliance

2.4.3   Improved Efficiency and Automation Applications and Drivers

2.4.3.1   Maximizing Production and Exploiting Hard-to-Find Sites

2.4.3.2   SCADA and Analytics

2.4.3.3   Asset Management and Predictive Maintenance

2.4.3.4   Automation and Robotics

2.4.3.4.1   Fleet Management

2.4.3.5   Data Back Up and Redundancy

2.4.4   Crew Welfare and Quality of Life Applications and Drivers

2.4.4.1   Medical Emergencies

2.4.4.2   Corporate Social Responsibility

2.5   Market Barriers

2.6   Regional Factors

2.6.1   Global Mining

2.6.1.1   Major Global Mining Operators

2.6.2   Global O&G

2.6.2.1   Major Global Exploration and Production Operators

3. Technology Issues

3.1   Introduction to Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Networking and Communications Technologies

3.2   Communications Requirements

3.3   WANs

3.3.1   Fiber Optics

3.3.2   Pt2Pt Microwave and Pt2Mpt

3.3.3   Satellite

3.4   NANs

3.4.1   Mesh Networks

3.4.1.1   ABB Wireless Mesh Network Mining Case Study

3.4.1.2   Ultra High Frequency

3.4.2   Public and Private Cellular

3.4.3   Wi-Fi

3.5   IoT Sensor Networks for Asset Tracking and Maintenance Monitoring

3.5.1   LPWA-based Sensor Networks

3.5.2   Precision Global Navigation Satellite System

3.6   Workforce Communications and Tracking

3.6.1   LMR

3.6.2   Underground Mine Workforce Communications and Tracking

3.6.2.1   Leaky Feeder

3.6.2.2   Phones

3.6.2.3   Medium Frequency

3.6.2.4   Through-the-Earth Communications

3.6.2.5   Radio Frequency Identification

3.7   Ruggedization, Safety, and Security Standards

4. Key Industry Players

4.1   Networking and Communications Technology and Services Providers to Smart Mines and Digital Oilfields

5. Market Forecasts

5.1   Global Outlook for Networking and Communications in Smart Mines and Digital Oilfields

5.2   Conclusions and Recommendations

5.2.1   Recommendations for Mining and O&G Operators

5.2.2   Recommendations for Communications Equipment Providers

6. Acronym and Abbreviation List

7. Table of Contents

8. Table of Charts and Figures

9. Scope of Study and Methodology

  • Top Oil Producing Countries: 2018
  • Countries with the Largest Oil Reserves: 2018
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine Communications Equipment Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Total Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Total Communications Equipment Revenue by Vertical, North America: 2020-2029
  • Total Communications Equipment Revenue by Vertical, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Total Communications Equipment Revenue by Vertical, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Total Communications Equipment Revenue by Vertical, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Total Communications Equipment Revenue by Vertical, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Total Communications Equipment Revenue by Vertical, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Offshore O&G Production Structures
  • Simplified World Mining Map
  • Example Surface Mine Network Configuration
  • Example Underground Mine Network Configuration
  • Example of a Leaky Feeder Coaxial Cable System

  • Total Smart Mine Communications Equipment Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Total Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Network Type, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Network Type, North America: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Network Type, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Network Type, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Network Type, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Network Type, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Network Type, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Technology, North America: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Technology, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Total Smart Mine and Digital Oilfield Communications Equipment Revenue by Technology, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Mining Sites by Region, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Surface Mining Sites by Region, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Underground Mining Sites by Region, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Oil & Gas Production Sites by Region, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Onshore Oil & Gas Production Sites by Region, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Offshore Oil & Gas Production Sites by Region, World Markets: 2020-2029
  • Locations with Site-Wide Communications (NAN+WAN) by Mining/Production Site Type, North America: 2020-2029
  • Locations with Site-Wide Communications (NAN+WAN) by Mining/Production Site Type, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Locations with Site-Wide Communications (NAN+WAN) by Mining/Production Site Type, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Locations with Site-Wide Communications (NAN+WAN) by Mining/Production Site Type, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Locations with Site-Wide Communications (NAN+WAN) by Mining/Production Site Type, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Locations with Site-Wide Communications (NAN+WAN) by Mining/Production Site Type, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Surface Mining Sites by WAN Technology, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Surface Mining Sites by NAN Technology, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Surface Mining Sites, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Surface Mining Upgrade Sites by Technology, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Underground Mining Sites by WAN Technology, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Underground Mining Sites by NAN Technology, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Underground Mining Sites, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Underground Mining Upgrade Sites, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Onshore O&G Production Sites by WAN Technology, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Onshore O&G Production Sites by NAN Technology, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Onshore O&G Production Sites, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Onshore O&G Production Upgrade Sites, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Offshore O&G Production Sites by WAN Technology, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Offshore O&G Production Sites by NAN Technology, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Offshore O&G Production Sites, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Offshore O&G Production Upgrade Sites, North America: 2020-2029
  • Total Communications Equipment Revenue by Vertical, North America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Surface Mining Sites by WAN Technology, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Surface Mining Sites by NAN Technology, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Surface Mining Sites, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Surface Mining Upgrade Sites by Technology, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Underground Mining Sites by WAN Technology, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Underground Mining Sites by NAN Technology, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Underground Mining Sites, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Underground Mining Upgrade Sites, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Onshore O&G Production Sites by WAN Technology, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Onshore O&G Production Sites by NAN Technology, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Onshore O&G Production Sites, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Onshore O&G Production Upgrade Sites, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Offshore O&G Production Sites by WAN Technology, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Offshore O&G Production Sites by NAN Technology, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Offshore O&G Production Sites, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Offshore O&G Production Upgrade Sites, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Total Communications Equipment Revenue by Vertical, Europe: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Surface Mining Sites by WAN Technology, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Surface Mining Sites by NAN Technology, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Surface Mining Sites, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Surface Mining Upgrade Sites by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Underground Mining Sites by WAN Technology, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Underground Mining Sites by NAN Technology, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Underground Mining Sites, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Underground Mining Upgrade Sites, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Onshore O&G Production Sites by WAN Technology, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Onshore O&G Production Sites by NAN Technology, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Onshore O&G Production Sites, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Onshore O&G Production Upgrade Sites, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Offshore O&G Production Sites by WAN Technology, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Offshore O&G Production Sites by NAN Technology, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Offshore O&G Production Sites, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Offshore O&G Production Upgrade Sites, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Total Communications Equipment Revenue by Vertical, Asia Pacific: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Surface Mining Sites by WAN Technology, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Surface Mining Sites by NAN Technology, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Surface Mining Sites, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Surface Mining Upgrade Sites by Technology, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Underground Mining Sites by WAN Technology, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Underground Mining Sites by NAN Technology, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Underground Mining Sites, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Underground Mining Upgrade Sites, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Onshore O&G Production Sites by WAN Technology, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Onshore O&G Production Sites by NAN Technology, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Onshore O&G Production Sites, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Onshore O&G Production Upgrade Sites, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Offshore O&G Production Sites by WAN Technology, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Offshore O&G Production Sites by NAN Technology, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Offshore O&G Production Sites, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Offshore O&G Production Upgrade Sites, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Total Communications Equipment Revenue by Vertical, Latin America: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Surface Mining Sites by WAN Technology, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Surface Mining Sites by NAN Technology, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Surface Mining Sites, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Surface Mining Upgrade Sites by Technology, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Underground Mining Sites by WAN Technology, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Underground Mining Sites by NAN Technology, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Underground Mining Sites, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Underground Mining Upgrade Sites, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Onshore O&G Production Sites by WAN Technology, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Onshore O&G Production Sites by NAN Technology, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Onshore O&G Production Sites, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Onshore O&G Production Upgrade Sites, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Offshore O&G Production Sites by WAN Technology, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Offshore O&G Production Sites by NAN Technology, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Offshore O&G Production Sites, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Offshore O&G Production Upgrade Sites, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Total Communications Equipment Revenue by Vertical, Middle East: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Surface Mining Sites by WAN Technology, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Surface Mining Sites by NAN Technology, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Surface Mining Sites, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Surface Mining Upgrade Sites by Technology, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Underground Mining Sites by WAN Technology, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Underground Mining Sites by NAN Technology, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Underground Mining Sites, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Underground Mining Upgrade Sites, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Onshore O&G Production Sites by WAN Technology, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Onshore O&G Production Sites by NAN Technology, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Onshore O&G Production Sites, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Onshore O&G Production Upgrade Sites, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Offshore O&G Production Sites by WAN Technology, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for New or Upgraded Offshore O&G Production Sites by NAN Technology, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for LPWA IoT Sensor Networks – Offshore O&G Production Sites, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Equipment Revenue for Workforce Communications – Offshore O&G Production Upgrade Sites, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Total Communications Equipment Revenue by Vertical, Africa: 2020-2029
  • Major Global Mining Operators
  • Major Global O&G Production Operators
  • Upstream O&G Operational Domains and Communications Technologies
  • LPWA Technologies Comparison
  • Smart Mining and Digital Oilfield Networking Providers
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