Securely Connecting Remote Operations
for Ok Tedi Mining
Preserving business continuity with a tailored SD-WAN solution
Ok Tedi Mining Limited operates one of the most remote mines in Oceania — located deep in the mountains of Papua New Guinea.
With almost 5,000 staff working to provide minerals for essential services around the world, Ok Tedi is a critical component of the global supply chain.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Ok Tedi needed to double the number of staff working remotely within weeks — whilst ensuring mission-critical data was reliably transmitted from the remote site to a distributed international workforce.
Furthermore, the mine was constrained to a low throughput 03b satellite uplink, posing a barrier to reliable network performance.
Ok Tedi chose Yell IT to put in place a solution that would ensure connectivity, connect their workforce securely, and maintain business continuity. This was no small challenge.
Yell IT selected Oracle SD-WAN as the most effective technology solution for the connectivity challenge.
A key feature in the decision was the ability to translate TCP WAN traffic to connectionless UDP sessions before uplink — allowing drastically expanded network throughput, despite the limited satellite uplink capability.
We worked closely with both Ok Tedi and Oracle throughout the process, and:
- Maintained uninterrupted operations
specialists from across our teams worked quickly to create a secure, resilient design, deploying risk mitigation mechanisms at every stage to ensure continuity
- Implemented a flexible SD-WAN
to connect the geographically distributed organisation over an intelligent wide area network
- Moved existing Office 365 applications to the cloud
enabling the surge in remote working with high-performance, cost-effective cloud infrastructure
- Introduced resilient network optimisation
bringing in continuous application performance measurement and automatic re-routing of congested traffic
Ok Tedi Mining is now able to unlock new opportunities at remote mining sites with a strengthened, resilient network.
The key benefits achieved were:
- A seamless transition to remote working
maintaining productivity across the organisation
- Drastically expanded network throughput
over an existing satellite connection
- Improved systems performance
intelligently-optimised connectivity between the remote site and an international workforce
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