Nokia Deploys Air Traffic Control Network for Irish Aviation Authority
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | Comments

Nokia announced deployment of the Irish Aviation Authority’s (IAA) next-generation air traffic control network at its new West Ireland disaster recovery center. As part of the deal, Nokia supplied its networking products, which have been specifically designed for this level of mission-critical application.

The new, high-bandwidth IP/multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network will increase capacity and ensure smooth operation of new, more demanding air traffic control (ATC) applications. It will also provide support for legacy, non-IP applications, including end-to-end communications between radar stations. The IAA also benefited from Nokia’s professional services offering for network design, architecture, integration and deployment. Following successful deployment of the network, Nokia will continue to provide IAA with long-term support and maintenance services.

The network was deployed in early 2019 and is in service. It has carried out a number of live trials across multiple airspace sectors in the key North Atlantic region, delivering critical voice and radar services to controllers over the new platform.

The deployment precedes the expected doubling of global air traffic by 2030. The North Atlantic airspace is one of the most crowded airspaces in the world, and the IAA will need more capacity as traffic grows. Modern ATC management applications can scale to meet the demand but require a different kind of network connectivity based on IP, such as Nokia’s IP/MPLS.

The Nokia-IAA deal is critical to the IAA’s road map to seamlessly migrate critical services to a fully operational next-generation network. The IAA plans to continue its work with Nokia, from design to deployment and into the future.

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