BT secures seven year deal with NATS to support air traffic operations in the UK.
BT announced it has secured a seven-year deal with NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air navigation services.
NATS handles over 2.5 million flights every year and the new long-term contract will strengthen its technology infrastructure by creating a future-fit strategic network architecture to support air traffic operations in the UK.
BT will take responsibility for the consolidation and modernisation of NATS’ critical data network as well as manage digital networking and cyber security across its sites. BT will also develop an enhanced cyber security capability with NATS, which will include a new proactive central coordination point for cyber resilience. Together, these services will enhance NATS’ technology programme into the future and provide leading support for the technical operations it relies on.
NATS provides air traffic services at 14 UK airports and manages all UK airspace from two air traffic operations control centers located at Swanwick in Hampshire, and Prestwick in Ayrshire. It also provides air traffic services at Gibraltar Airport and, more recently, Hong Kong International Airport.
“NATS is implementing a truly transformational technology program to keep the skies safe and support our customers worldwide, so it is vital we have BT as industry leaders alongside us. We select organizations at the top of their game technically, to join our collaborative ecosystem of partners. I’m delighted with the partnership we have formed and look forward to working together for many years to come to deliver great solutions for our customers.”Tim Bullock, Supply Chain & Facilities Management Director at NATS, said
“Secure, high-bandwidth connectivity is essential in keeping the UK’s air traffic moving in the future – so after many years of building world-class networks and cyber security for providers of critical national infrastructure, we are looking forward to delivering this now for NATS.
“Under the partnership we will be responsible for both network provision and cyber security within the NATS strategic supplier ecosystem, and will be embarking on consolidating and modernizing the entire network to build a world-class digital infrastructure that is fit for the future of air traffic management.”Andy Rowe, Director of Central Government, at BT, said
BT Group is the UK’s leading provider of fixed and mobile telecommunications and related secure digital products, solutions and services. We also provide managed telecommunications, security and network and IT infrastructure services to customers across 180 countries.
BT Group consists of three customer-facing units: Business covers companies and public services in the UK and internationally; Consumer serves individuals and families in the UK; Openreach is an independently governed, wholly owned subsidiary wholesaling fixed access infrastructure services to its customers – over 650 communications providers across the UK.