Frequentis has been awarded a new contract by air navigation services Finland Oy to provide service and maintenance for Schmid Telecom’s all ICS 200/60 voice communication systems (VCS) in the country.
Under the deal, Frequentis will service and maintain the systems installed at two area control centres, 16 TWRs and the Avia College.
The bankrupt Schmid Telecom was unable to complete the installation of previously awarded mission critical VCSs for several air navigation service providers (ANSP) worldwide on time.
Finland Oy Air Navigation Services chief technology officer Jukka Piilola said: “We found Frequentis to be the most feasible company on the market able to ensure support for the existing Schmid Telecom ICS 200/60 systems while meeting our response and quality criteria.
“We are pleased that we could mitigate our risk and keep the systems in operation, while allowing us time to prepare our strategy for the future.”
As part of the project, the company will offer helpdesk support to ensure availability and an immediate response.
The helpdesk support will be provided by system engineers who earlier worked for Schmid Telecom and are currently recruited with Frequentis.
Frequentis Civil Air Traffic Management vice-president Hannu Juurakko said: “The Frequentis service offers a comprehensive portfolio for all ex-Schmid telecom customers, including migration, extension and upgrade scenarios.”
The scope of the project also includes delivery of on-site support, annual health checks, and hardware support.
In February this year, the company secured a deal, originally contracted to the bankrupt Schmid Telecom, from Poland-based IT-COM to develop VCS for the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA).