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ZTE helps Air China launch ground-air broadband test

21 April 2014

ZTE Corp. said it is the exclusive supplier of the ground-air broadband system used by Air China to complete its first in-flight Internet service and passenger experience test.

ZTE also provided technical and service support, giving passengers a fast and convenient broadband service experience.

The test took place during a one-hour flight from Beijing to Chengdu, and passengers were able to access a variety of online services through WiFi, including WeChat, instant messaging, micro-blogging, e-mail, online gaming and online payments. Passengers were also able to experience real-time video and online movies.

Air China is the first airline to provide ground-air Internet services in China, and the test was based on 4G technology. The system adopted customised LTE wireless equipment while ground base-stations were placed along the flight route and specific air space to achieve aerial coverage. The system provides wireless data bandwidth of from 30 to 60Mbps for aircraft at different heights.

ZTE is a provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions with comprehensive product range covering telecommunications sectors, including wireless, access and bearer, VAS, terminals and professional services. The company is traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, visit


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