The Pan-European Network Service (PENS) is an IP-based network communications infrastructure to support Air Traffic Management (ATM). It is a joint EUROCONTROL/ANSP-led initiative to provide a common service across the European region. It covers ground-to-ground voice and data communication and provides efficient support to existing services and new requirements that are emerging from future ATM concepts, in particular in the context of SESAR (SWIM backbone).
EUROCONTROL’S PENS Management Unit (PMU) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the service, including planning and monitoring the service, and liaising with the Network Service Providers (SITA) and the PENS users (NM, EAD, ANSPs among others).
There are several steps to follow in order to become a PENS user:
Each PENS user has to pay a charge for the service required in accordance with the “Charging for the PENS” document.