Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited (AEROTEL)
was established in August 1978 for the provision of Engineering and Telecommunication services, including those formerly
provided by the International Aeradio (Caribbean) Limited which operated in Jamaica between July 1950 and July 1978.
Ther services provided were navigational services through radio and telegraph links which gave information on the movement of aircrafts.
The agency provides navigational aids for its three systems- the VOR (Very high frenquency Omni directional Radio range),
DME (Distance Measuring Equipment) and the NDB (Non Direcional radio Beacon).
AEROTEL now provides, installs, maintains, and operates Aeronautical Telecommunications facilities and systems on behalf of the Government
of Jamaica; for the Civil Aviation Authority of Jamaica, the Meteorological Office of Jamaica, the Airport Authority of Jamaica, the Airlines
and Users of Jamaica's Flight Information Region.
In addition, the company offers specialized Telecommunications Services to other Public and Private Sector Organizations
operating in Jamaica. These facilities are used as Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Aids for all Aircraft operating
in the region.
Currently, AEROTEL maintains all digital microwave links and air traffic telecommunications for the Civil Aviation Authority in
keeping with the standards and practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
In 1999, AEROTEL was granted a licence for Airport Broadcasting System; this was later upgraded to commercial radio broadcasting.
In November 2001, Kool 97 FM was launched. It is owned and operated by AEROTEL. Under the terms of its licence it focuses on
flight schedules, weather information and any other relevant information pertaining to activities taking place at Jamaica's
International airports. It also airs features highlighting Jamaica as a tourist destination and depicting aspects of Jamaica's culture,
using music as the conduit.