As oilfields mature, real time asset management of oil reserves becomes as important to oil companies as real time supply chain management is to Wal-Mart. Developing a network infrastructure to support the technologies for real time asset management requires more than adding enough bandwidth to handle the increases in traffic; it involves analyzing the specific business drivers of a field to ensure that capital investment in the telecom infrastructure makes sense. This white paper provides an approach to a strategic framework for developing the right network infrastructure in support of one’s digital oilfield.