Air China completed its commercial pilot in-flight internet service and user experience test using ZTE ground-air WiFi combined with 4G LTE solutions. 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.
According to ZTE, Air China is the first airline to provide ground-air internet services in China, and the test was the world’s first 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 will continue to apply mature 4G technologies into the civil aviation industry to fulfill the demand for in-flight data services. This successful ground-air test will boost airborne internet services, further improve service quality and expand the market space for airlines, it adds.
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