How BT’s major new deal with NATS will keep the skies safe

BT has secured a major networks and cyber-security contract with NATS. Credit: BT
The seven-year deal between BT and NATS will strengthen the air navigation services provider’s technology infrastructure

Following the announcement that BT has entered into a seven-year deal with NATS, the British multinational telecommunications holding company will upgrade air traffic services provider’s data networks.

The strategic collaboration will strengthen NATS’ technological foundation by creating a future-fit strategic network architecture to support air traffic operations across the UK.

With an astonishing 2.5 million flights managed by NATS, BT will aid their ability to meet the ever growing demands of the aviation industry by consolidating and modernising NATS' critical data network, digital networking and cyber security. 

Central to the deal is BT developing an enhanced cybersecurity capability, which will include a new proactive central coordination point for cyber resilience.

NATS provides air traffic services at 14 UK airports and manages all UK airspace, as well as providing air traffic services at Gibraltar Airport and Hong Kong International Airport. 

What does BT’s major network and cyber security deal with NATS mean?

“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 modernising 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, explained.

The collaboration with BT will enhance NATS’ technology programme into the future and provide leading support for the technical operations it relies on.

Tim Bullock, Supply Chain & Facilities Management Director at NATS, said: “NATS is implementing a truly transformational technology programme to keep the skies safe and support our customers worldwide, so it is vital we have BT as industry leaders alongside us.”

Rowe added: “Secure, high-bandwidth connectivity is essential in keeping 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.”

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