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Nokia deploys ‘next-gen’ air traffic control network with Irish Aviation Authority

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Nokia’s technology has been used to upgrade the Irish Aviation Authority’s (IAA) air traffic control network at its new West Ireland disaster recovery centre.

As part of the deal, Nokia supplied its IP/MPLS (internet protocol/multi-protocol label switching) networking products, which have been specifically designed for critical applications.

The new, high-bandwidth IP/MPLS network will increase capacity to help 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.

Nokia also provided professional services 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.

Trust

The network was deployed in early 2019 and Nokia says it has completed several live trials across multiple airspace sectors in the North Atlantic region, delivering critical voice and radar services to controllers over the new Nokia IP/MPLS platform.

Billy Hann, Director of ATM Operations and Strategy for the IAA, said, “Given our responsibility to ensure the smooth operation of the North Atlantic airspace, it has been crucial that Nokia earn our trust.

"The quality and reliability of its technology and the thoroughness and collaborative approach of its teams has been first class throughout the entire migration process. We are very pleased and confident in the performance of the new network.”