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Since 1998: Rigstar Industrial Telecom is committed to its mission of providing top-tier communication solutions to the industrial sector


The company has the expertise to accommodate and offer an end-to-end telecom solution to any organization that operates in an urban and remote environment.

Co-founders Daniel and Brent Grisdale established Rigstar Industrial Telecom with the vision to address the unique telecommunication needs of the industrial sector, particularly in remote and challenging environments such as oil and gas, mining, and construction. The company was born out of the recognition that reliable and efficient communication is crucial for the safety and productivity of industrial operations. Since its inception, Rigstar has steadily grown and established itself as a leading provider of proven and cutting-edge technology for industrial communication solutions.

Rigstar is Headquartered in Calgary, AB with it’s US operations lead out of Houston, TX.

The Silicon Review contacted Mr. Grisdale, who also serves as the CEO of Rigstar Industrial Telecom, and here is his response.

Interview Highlights

Q. As an industrial communication solutions provider, what are Rigstar’s key focus areas?

The following are Rigstar’s key focus areas.

Reliable communication: Providing robust and secure communication solutions that can operate in all aspects and locations, especially in remote and harsh environments.

Safety: Ensuring that communication systems contribute to and elevate the safety of industrial operations.

Efficiency: Enhancing operational efficiency through effective communication and data management.

Customization: Tailoring solutions to meet the unique needs of each client and industry.

Setbacks are a part of every growing business. Tell us about a few roadblocks and learning lessons that helped Rigstar grow through the years.

Like any growing business, Rigstar has faced its share of challenges and disappointments. The following are some of the key roadblocks and learning lessons.

Technological evolution: Keeping pace with rapidly evolving technology in the telecom industry has been a continuous challenge. Rigstar learned to invest in research and development as an early adopter to stay ahead of the competition.

Market downturns: Economic downturns in various industrial sectors have impacted demand. Rigstar learned the importance of diversifying its offerings, industrial sectors and customer base.

Regulatory compliance: Complying with industry-specific regulations and standards has been a learning process, requiring ongoing adaptation, education and execution.

Q. What strategies do you have in place to encourage innovation in your company?

Rigstar encourages innovation through:

Investment in R&D: Allocating resources for research and development to stay at the forefront of technology and understand how they can be deployed in green and brownfield environments.

Employee engagement: Fostering a positive and inclusive culture of innovation by involving employees in idea generation and problem-solving.

Partnerships: Collaborating with technology partners and startups to leverage emerging solutions.


Q. Can you provide us with one or two success stories describing the challenges your clients faced and how Rigstar helped them overcome those challenges?

Remote Camp Communications: 15000+ rooms and counting

The challenge: Multiple organizations rely on fast and stable Internet to maintain business continuity, along with increased workplace morale throughout the camp. In most cases, these camps are in very remote locations that do not have access to a cellular or broadband network and must use a satellite system. The challenges associated with satellites are limited bandwidth/performance and high costs associated with increased data usage.

The solution: Over the past seven years, Rigstar has successfully connected over 15,000+ rooms with accelerated Internet, Cellular, and Television services. Our approach was to provide a terrestrial solution via fiber and microwave to each site spanning over 400 miles through rugged and mountainous terrain. Rigstar designed and deployed a state-of-the-art network for the project. The deployment of a robust and reliable system ensured that the project could rely on consistent connectivity in both routine and mission-critical operations.

The Outcome: Rigstar’s telecom services contributed to enhanced operational efficiency for the project. The high-speed connectivity facilitated real-time communication, data transfer, and collaboration among project teams. Our solution was designed with scalability in mind, providing the project with the flexibility to accommodate future growth and evolving communication requirements.

Carrier – Rooftop LTE Upgrade

The challenge: The client, a major carrier, required an extensive upgrade to their existing site. They had a temporary solution in place that limited their coverage area.

The solution: Our team worked closely with the carriers engineering firm to ensure the steel frame, shroud, and mounts were properly secured on top of the office tower. Once our team completed the civil work we installed and tested the LTE hardware and decommissioned the existing infrastructure. Rigstar’s seasoned project management team ensured the seamless execution of the upgrade throughout the project lifecycle.

The Outcome: Rigstar’s team executed a turn-key rooftop LTE upgrade, ensuring minimal disruption to ongoing operations. The efficient deployment showcased Rigstar’s commitment to timely and non-intrusive project execution. The upgrade introduced cutting-edge LTE technology to the rooftop, while enhancing the network’s speed, reliability, and overall performance.

Q. Tell us, what’s next for Rigstar Industrial Telecom?

Rigstar’s future involves:

Expansion: Expanding into new sectors and geographic regions.

Innovation: Continuing to develop cutting-edge communication solutions.

Sustainability: Incorporating eco-friendly practices into operations.

Client-centric approach: Maintaining a focus on delivering value to clients.

Branding: Re-energized brand is on the horizon that reflects our growth and innovation.

Q. Is there anything you would like to add before we wrap up?

We are grateful for our dedicated team, loyal clients, and partners who have been instrumental in our journey. We look forward to the continued growth and success of Rigstar Industrial Telecom. Thank you for the opportunity to share our story.

Daniel Grisdale | CEO

Daniel Grisdale is a respected senior financial leader with over two decades of notable entrepreneurial experience instituting corporate responsibility, integrity, and accountability. Daniel engages and leads teams to excel in areas ranging from corporate governance and regulatory compliance to all aspects of corporate and financial management. He fosters cooperation and consensus by inspiring others through inclusion and openness.

Daniel influences change, ensures compliance, and delivers bottom-line growth acting as a trusted advisor to senior management, board members, and corporate shareholders. He also offers expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and business turn-around.

“We are grateful for our dedicated team, loyal clients, and partners who have been instrumental in our journey. We look forward to the continued growth and success of Rigstar Industrial Telecom.”