Enaire, the Spanish air navigation service provider (ANSP), is working with Frequentis to upgrade 14 contingency communication systems across nine different locations.

The project, contracted in 2020, is the first large-scale voice communication project for the country, and was driven by a need for the renewal of the country’s backup systems. Frequentis has now implemented the contingency systems at both the main operations room and the contingency room in Seville, with the systems in Palma de Mallorca, the Canary Islands, Barcelona, Valencia, Zaragoza, Málaga and Madrid following throughout 2022 and 2023.

Having previously worked with Enaire to provide a complete network solution for over 120 sites and the modernisation of its air navigation data network (REDAN), Frequentis will be the prime contractor for turnkey delivery of the latest modernisation programme, with support from local contractors.

On completion of the project, there will be an increase in radio and telephone resources available to air traffic controllers, improved quality of communications, and greater versatility in establishing procedures in the event of an emergency. The systems will be fully integrated into Enaire’s IP communications network, easing a switchover to the VoIP (voice over IP) environment and the airspace division will be incorporated into the automated air traffic control system. The contingency systems will also offer new functionalities in communication management and the information provided to the user on their status.

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