Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), a German air navigation service provider, has announced it is modernising its communications network, the company said.
Control centres, towers, radio and radar facilities will exchange information via optical fibres in future. To this end, Deutsche Telekom will expand its network by around 870 kilometres by the middle of 2022. Deutsche Telekom will then operate the entire network for DFS. The contract is worth a medium-sized double-digit million Euro figure and will run for seven years.
The new fibre-optic network for DFS will be several tens of thousands of kilometres long, stretching from Helgoland in the north to Kaufbeuren in the south. It will connect four control centres, the control towers of the 16 designated international airports and 130 radio and radar facilities in Germany. For the first time, some 80 locations will be connected to the fibre optic network.
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH is a State-owned company under private law with 5,600 employees (as at 31 December 2019). DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,200 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, more than three million movements every year.