Nokia and Skyguide have upgraded the new mission-critical communications network to strengthen the air traffic control system of Switzerland.

Slated to be rolled out over the course of 2017, the new communications network provided by Nokia will help Skyguide improve the air traffic management (ATM), both civil and military, throughout the country.

It will also support Skyguide’s aeronautical information services, which ensure the flow of important information necessary to maintain the safety and efficiency of international air travel.

Skyguide technical director and chief information officer Dr Klaus Meier said: “Ensuring the safety of the flying public is our most important job, and one to which we are absolutely committed.”

As part of the project, Nokia delivered its internet protocol / multi-protocol label switching (IP/MPLS) technology that offers the high-performance, reliability, resiliency, security and efficiency required to strengthen the extremely demanding, latency-sensitive services.

"Ensuring the safety of the flying public is our most important job, and one to which we are absolutely committed."

The technology helps provide additional capacity and replaces traditional equipment that is nearing the end of its operational life.

Nokia Europe South Global Enterprise and Public Sector head Patrick Langelaan said: “Nokia has put a great deal of focus on ensuring that our mission-critical networks can address the most stringent requirements for reliability, security and efficiency.

“Clearly, air traffic control demands the highest possible performance, which we were able to demonstrate for Skyguide over an intense testing period.”

Featuring Nokia's 7705 service aggregation router (SAR) portfolio, the IP/MPLS network offers scalable virtual private network (VPN) services that allows Skyguide to support both its existing and new high-bandwidth applications.

The network is managed by Nokia's Network Services platform.

In addition, the company provided professional services, including architecture and design, deployment, integration, commissioning and training.