Executive Q&A: Hart Energy Interviews CEO Mark Slaughter on INET Push Towards 5G

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Hart Energy:
What was the driving force behind forming this company? Share a little history with us if you will.

Mark Slaughter:
I joined this past year, but the company Infrastructure Networks was formed in 2011 around a value proposition of serving oil and gas customers in the Lower 48 with LTE [long-term evolution] based communication services. Read More

INET to Present at AADE Houston February 6 Luncheon

Please join us for the upcoming AADE Houston Chapter luncheon meeting to be held at the Petroleum Club on Thursday, February 6, 2020. INET CEO Mark Slaughter will be presenting as luncheon speaker on 5G and IIoT: The Future of Oilfield Communications.

Abstract: As advanced as the oil and gas industry is today – it’s not when it comes to realizing true benefits from the “Digital Oilfield”. Operators still struggle with basic field connectivity at their remote and distributed well pads and facilities. Mark Slaughter, CEO of Infrastructure Networks (“INET”), will discuss how INET is helping operators overcome these challenges to field connectivity with its private licensed 4G/5G-capable network that is partnered with leading digital technology providers to deliver IIoT solutions across drilling, completions and production sites in major U.S. shale basins. Learn further how INET is working today with progressive operators to deploy 5G pilots in the Permian. Read More

Light Reading: Meet the Biggest Private Wireless Network Operator You’ve Never Heard of – INET

The company covers 130,000 square miles of US territory with high-speed mobile data services. It owns vast stretches of 700MHz spectrum licenses. It counts around 80 employees managing around 100 cell towers transmitting 4G LTE signals from Nokia AirScale equipment.

It’s a privately held company called Infrastructure Networks, and it’s not in the mobile phone business.

“We’re oil and gas people, by background,” says CEO Mark Slaughter with a slight west Texas twang. “It’s a different situation when you’re talking about oil and gas.”

The enormous wireless network owned and operated by Infrastructure Networks is only available to industrial companies like Halliburton and Schlumberger. That effectively makes Infrastructure Networks a major player in the private wireless networking industry in the US — the company’s network basically eliminates the need for its customers to build their own private networks in hard-to-reach, oil-rich areas of the US.

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Infrastructure Networks Teams with Nokia to Expand 4G/5G LTE Network Coverage across Major U.S. Energy Basins

As a private LTE network operator in the Lower 48, INET provides the foundational layer for delivering the benefits of the digital oilfield to oil and gas operators.

HOUSTON (Jan. 7, 2020) — Infrastructure Networks, Inc. (“INET”) announced today that it has completed a major expansion of its private LTE network, adding capacity in existing areas, doubling geographic coverage and upgrading the network to be 5G-ready.  The resulting network now covers over 130,000 square-miles across four major energy basins in the Continental U.S.:  Permian/Delaware in West Texas and Southeast New Mexico; Eagle Ford in South Texas; Scoop/Stack in Oklahoma; and Bakken in North Dakota.  INET teamed with Nokia for this network expansion and upgrade, utilizing Nokia Airscale RAN (radio access network) and Wavence Microwave technologies.  INET’s LTE network is positioned to meet the mission critical needs of the oil and gas industry across drilling, completions, production and midstream operations.

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Houston Chronicle: Houston company seeks to develop first 5G-enabled oil drilling site in Permian Basin

Telecommunication companies will spend the next 12 months rolling out 5G service for cell phone users across the United States while a Houston company seeks to become the first to provide the ultra high-speed technology to oil and gas industry customers in the Permian Basin, the nation’s largest and busiest oil field.

Headquartered in Houston’s Galleria district, Infrastructure Networks provides wireless data service to drilling rig operators, fracking crews and production sites in oil fields across the United States. The company provides those services over vast distances using the last iteration of mobile phone technology known as LTE, or Long Term Evolution, technology.

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Infrastructure Networks Names New CFO

John Colwell joins INET from VanZandt Controls to serve as Chief Financial Officer

HOUSTON, TX (Oct. 15, 2019) — Infrastructure Networks, Inc. (“INET”), the leading wireless LTEsolutions provider to the U.S. onshore energy industry, announced today that John Colwell, former CFO at VanZandt Controls, is joining INET as CFO.  Greg Smith, who has served as INET’s CFO for the past three years, will move into a special advisory role through the end of the year.

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Infrastructure Networks and Osprey Informatics Swap CEOs

Mark Slaughter Named CEO of Infrastructure Networks, Scott Crist Appointed CEO of Osprey Informatics

HOUSTON, TX (Sept 17, 2019) — Infrastructure Networks, Inc. (“INET”), the leading wireless LTE solutions provider to the onshore energy industry, and Osprey Informatics (“Osprey”), the leader in intelligent visual monitoring solutions for industrial operations, announced today that they are swapping senior leaders, with Mark Slaughter being appointed as INET’s chief executive officer and Scott Crist being named as Osprey’s chief executive officer (“CEO”).  Slaughter and Crist will remain on the boards of Osprey and INET, respectively.

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INET to Sponsor and Speak at ENTELEC Fall 2019

Infrastructure Networks (INET) will speak at and be a sponsor of this year’s annual ENTELEC Fall Seminar Series, which focuses on critical topics and pressing industry issues such as LTE, SCADA, IIoT, Field Communications, and Regulatory developments. The Fall Seminar will be held Thursday, October 10, 2019 in Odessa, Texas at the Odessa Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

The Fall Seminar will focus on pressing topics and significant issues facing our industry, to include two sessions by INET:

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INET to Exhibit at OilComm 2019

Infrastructure Networks (INET) will attend and exhibit at OilComm 2019, October 2-3, at the Houston Marriott Westchase.  INET will be located at booth #215 at the annual conference and expo, which brings together , 1,000+ industry professionals in big data, automation, cybersecurity, and machine learning.  Read More