ICAO and the MEVA III Member States have contracted Frequentis to continue the management of its satellite network services until 2025. Frequentis was first commissioned to renew the regions VSAT (very small aperture terminal) network infrastructure in 2014, to enhance reliability of the aeronautical telecommunications service, as well as allow cost savings and bandwidth optimisation. Since then, Frequentis has supported existing services, as well as enabled the implementation of new air traffic management (ATM) applications such ADS-B via satellite.
The Frequentis MEVA network is made up of 18 nodes for 15 Air Navigation Service Providers at sites in the Caribbean, Central and North America, and is an important part of ICAO’s work to create a phased transition from legacy communication technology in the region, increasing its efficiency, while complying with the strict ATM requirements. The project included end-to-end 24/7 operation of the entire network.
“Over the last eight years Frequentis had been the MEVA Network provider, responsible for providing voice and data communication channels, as well as surveillance information and automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) coordination messages between our different ANSP, in that sense Frequentis has proven to be a very reliable partner, managing our critical infrastructure. Frequentis also supported ICAO and its MEVA III Member States with great dedication during challenging times when some of the islands were hit by disasters. We look forward working with them for additional three-years,” says Mayda Ávila, ICAO NACC-CNS Regional Officer.
Frequentis is known for its ability to tailor its ATM portfolio to fit the needs of customers safety critical ATM networks. This includes not only ATM networking products but also end-to-end service management. Combining ATM and network know-how makes Frequentis a unique supplier to the ATM industry.
“We are very proud to continue this great success story with ICAO and the MEVA III Member States. The fully managed VSAT network is crucial to the Central American and Caribbean region to ensure safe and secure ATM operations. We look forward working with ICAO and the Member States for an additional three-years, supporting the network transformation, enabling current and new ATM applications to be integrated in the future,” says Peter Leydold, Frequentis Director Air Traffic Management Networks.