Telekom modernizes communication network of the German air traffic control

© Deutsche Telekom
© Deutsche Telekom

German air traffic control has Deutsche Telekom modernize its communication network: Control centers, towers, radio and radar stations will in future exchange information via fiber optics.


Deutsche Telekom is to add about 870 kilometers to its network for DFS (Deutsche Flugicherung GmbH) by mid-2022. Subsequently, the entire network will be operated by Telekom for DFS – initially for seven years. The cost of the order is in the mid double-digit million range.

The new fiber optic network for DFS is to be several tens of thousands of kilometers in length and will extend from Helgoland to Kaufbeuren. It connects four control centers, the towers of 16 international airports and 130 radio and radar stations in Germany. Around 80 locations will have an optical fiber connection for the first time.

“The new fiber optic network is an important building block for the digitalization of air traffic control,” said Friedrich-Wilhelm Menge, Chief Technology Officer at DFS. “We want to further expand our position among the leading air navigation service providers in Europe. To do this, we have to further develop technologies and consistently use the potential of digitization and automation. Specifically, it is about increasing safety and efficiency in air traffic. “

Hagen Rickmann, responsible for the business customer division at Telekom Deutschland: “The air traffic control infrastructure is system-relevant. That is why security is a top priority: All cables and the most important network components are available several times. “And he adds:” This is one of the first major orders for our newly cut business customer area. Since July 1, we have now bundled all the necessary competencies to implement such important and security-relevant projects even more successfully. ”

About DFS Deutsche Flugicherung GmbH:

DFS Deutsche Flugicherung GmbH is a state-owned, privately organized company with over 5,000 employees. The approximately 2,200 air traffic controllers conduct up to 10,000 flights a day through German airspace, more than three million a year.

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