COM12 — New Pan-European Network Service (NewPENS)

PENS (Pan-European Network Service) is an international ground/ground communications infrastructure jointly implemented by EUROCONTROL and European ANSPs in order to meet existing and future ATM communication requirements.
NewPENS builds on PENS and aims at providing a new framework, with an adapted governance, to reap the benefits of having a single IP backbone for all ATM services in the ICAO EUR/NAT region.

NewPENS will support SESAR deployment and, in particular, the implementation of the PCP Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 716/2014) which in Para. 5.5 of its Annex states that "to support the blue SWIM Technical Infrastructure (TI) Profile, very high and high capacity centres shall be connected to Pan-European Network Services (PENS)". The Blue SWIM TI profile includes the exchange of Flight Object (FO) information and therefore, civil and military ANSPs planning to implement FO information will have to become NewPENS users.

The aim of NewPENS is to support information exchanges for all ATM services, not only for ANSPs and the Network Manager, but also supporting interactions with military, airport and aircraft operator. It is up to these stakeholders, depending on their requirements, to join NewPENS or use public Internet Protocol network.

NOTE FOR MILITARY AUTHORITIES: It is the responsibility of each Military Authority to review this ESSIP Objective IN ITS ENTIRETY and address each of the SloAs that the Military Authority considers RELEVANT for itself. This has to be done on top and above of the review of "MIL" SloAs which identify actions EXCLUSIVE to MIL Authorities.

NOTE: This is an "Initial" objective to provide advance notice to stakeholders. Some aspects of the objective require further validation.

Air Navigation Service Provider / Airport Operator / Airspace Users / Network Manager


Related Elements

Applicability Area(s) and Timescales

Applicability Area:
All ECAC States
Timescales From By Applicable to
Initial operational capability 01-01-2018 Applicability Area
Full operational capability 31-12-2024 Applicability Area

Links to SESAR Solutions

Links to PCP ATM Sub-Functionalities


Applicable legislation
Regulation (EU) No 716/2014 on the establishment of the Pilot Common Project
Applicable ICAO Annexes and other references
Deployment Programme 2016
Family 5.1.2 - NewPENS: New Pan-European Network Service
Operating Environments

Expected Performance Benefits

Operational efficiency
Cost efficiency
Significant cost savings for the international communications of all connected stakeholders compared to:
- Keeping the inter-stakeholder connections separate from the network.
- Continuing to run all international communications on bilateral international links.
NewPENS will further enhance security protection, detection and remediation capabilities with respect to PENS. It shall be compliant with the Security levels requested by the applications it will support. Security will be handled on multiple levels: technical, processes and people.
  Code Title From By Related Enablers
ASP01 Provide NewPENS connectivity infrastructure
  • 01-01-2018
  • 31-12-2024
ASP02 Migrate to NewPENS
  • 01-01-2018
  • 31-12-2024
APO01 Migrate to NewPENS, if deemed beneficial
  • 01-01-2018
  • 31-12-2024
USE01 Migrate to NewPENS, if deemed beneficial
  • 01-01-2018
  • 31-12-2024
NM01 Adapt NM systems to allow stakeholders have access to existing datacentres via NewPENS
  • 01-01-2018
  • 31-12-2024
NM02 Migrate to NewPENS
  • 01-01-2018
  • 31-12-2024
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Supporting Material

Title Related SLoAs

Consultation & Approval

Working Arrangement in charge
Agency Advisory Board (AAB)
Outline description approved in
Latest objective review at expert level
Commitment Decision Body
Provisional Council (PC)
Objective approved/endorsed in
Latest change to objective approved/endorsed in