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Expanding Safety’s Reach

Expanding Safety’s Reach

NORTH SLOPE BRINGS RELIABLE CONNECTION TO ALASKA AND BEYOND The land commonly known as “The Last Frontier” is perhaps one of the last places you would want to navigate without reliable communications at your fingertips. Thanks to North Slope Telecom, Inc. (NSTI), Alaska based companies don’t have to worry. Since its founding in 1980, North Slope Telecom is widely recognized for planning, engineering and installing communication systems that operate reliably even in the...

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Communication Infrastructure & Digital Oilfield Solutions for Oil Exploration

Communication Infrastructure & Digital Oilfield Solutions for Oil Exploration

NSTI has provided communication infrastructure and digital oilfield solutions support for the Alaskan petroleum industry for over 29 years. NSTI has received industry-wide recognition for its ability to respond quickly to unique communication challenges in the exploration environment and to provide reliable service under a variety of extreme weather conditions. NSTI has completed approximately 95 exploration communication support projects in the Alaskan on-shore and...

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Prudhoe Bay Microwave Radio Upgrade

Prudhoe Bay Microwave Radio Upgrade

This project was completed between 2004-2005 This project involved the replacement of existing 2 GHz analog microwave radio systems with new 18 GHz digital microwave radios. Over 90 radios were upgraded. Each system was assembled and tested at NSTI’s lab, shipped to the customer’s site and installed. Detailed cutover plans were developed that limited system outage times to a 12-hour shift. Over 8,000 high-time work hours were logged with no incidents or near misses. This...

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2016 – In Review

In the face of declining oil prices and a statewide economic recession, North Slope Telecom has a lot to be grateful for in the last year! 2016 was a tough time for Alaskans, losing about 6,800 jobs and thereby netting the first annual jobs loss for the state since 2009 (Zak, Annie “2016 was bad for […]

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ASTAC, AT&T and NSTI Deploy Broadband Cellular Network on the Edge of Exploration

Another successful partnership creating a successful project!  Anchorage, Alaska – Arctic Slope Telephone Cooperative Association (ASTAC) has teamed with AT&T and North Slope Telecom, Inc. to provide ice road crews and other workers superior connectivity in one of the most remote areas of the state. A development project in the Greater Mooses Tooth Unit of the […]

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FAQ: Evolving Intrinsic Safety Standards

FAQ: Evolving Intrinsic Safety Standards

What does ‘Intrinsically Safe’ actually mean? Electronics sometimes create tiny arcs or produce heat during normal operation; both of which could become an ignition source under the right circumstances. This likely doesn’t concern you unless, of course, you work in an area where tiny sparks can cause big explosions. In such a case, you have […]

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Oooguruk Island Telecommunications System

Oooguruk Island Telecommunications System

NSTI was selected by Pioneer Natural Resources to engineer, acquire and install all project telecommunications infrastructure. Built as an offshore drill site, Oooguruk Island is located 5.4 miles off the North Slope of Alaska, east of the Colville River Delta. NSTI was chosen as the main telecommunications contractor because of the company’s expertise with a wide range of technologies and systems used in a modern oil field. The experience of the NSTI team allowed the...

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Denali Gas Pipeline Route Survey Communications Support

Denali Gas Pipeline Route Survey Communications Support

In mid-March of 2008, NSTI was tasked with the development of a portable and temporary wide area radio system to provide logistics and life safety communications support along the 200-mile survey corridor. The radio communications system needed to be operational by the end of May 2008. In the following ten weeks NSTI: Conducted a topography map survey and determined that over 95% of the route could be covered with UHF repeaters located at just four mountain top sites...

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HARMONY – The Prudhoe Bay Integrated Radio Network

HARMONY – The Prudhoe Bay Integrated Radio Network

In 2007, British Petroleum, as the operator of the Prudhoe Bay oil field chose Motorola’s ‘Harmony’ Integrated Digital Enhanced Network radio system to replace the multiple disparate and aging radio communications systems in use throughout its operating area. NSTI was chosen by Motorola and GCI to be the prime installation contractor for the 23 fixed sites required to provide seamless coverage throughout the operating area. NSTI also installed and distributed several...

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Alaska Land Mobile Radio Site (ALMR), Cooper Mountain

Alaska Land Mobile Radio Site (ALMR), Cooper Mountain

NSTI is consistently chosen for remote site work in harsh environments. We are able to quickly deploy technicians to sites only reachable by helicopters, snow machine, all-terrain vehicle or boat. Cooper Mountain is located near Cooper Landing, Alaska. NSTI was asked to build a remote telecommunications site in the dead of winter. From the harsh environment arose unique challenges. We successfully completed the project, including building out the existing shelter with:...

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