Airbus Tests 5G Devices with TETRA Network in China
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | Comments

Airbus completed tests between 5G smartphones and terminals for the Guangzhou Government Shared Radio Network, which connected with China Telecom’s 5G network in Guangzhou for the first time.

With the Tactilon Agnet application, users from the Guangzhou government agencies experienced full interoperability between the two networks. The application allows seamless voice and data services between users on the TETRA network and those using 5G, including group and individual calls, messaging services, video and data sharing as well as geopositioning and push-to-talk (PTT) features.

The application was installed on various devices, including smartphones, secure phones with dual-operation systems, body-worn cameras and satellite smartphones, for use by the government of Guangzhou employees.

The Guangzhou government’s TETRA network, implemented by Airbus, is the first hybrid network in the Asia-Pacific region. It is interconnected with 4G networks from all three mobile network operators — China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom. The network has already proven its high reliability and resiliency during the Fortune Global Forum by providing the event with the first TETRA and Long Term Evolution (LTE) hybrid network at the end of 2017.

The Guangzhou Government Shared Radio Network is one of the biggest city-wide TETRA networks in the world. It serves more than 50,000 subscribers from police forces, fire and ambulance services, local utility companies and the emergency response office, among others. The network has a three-dimensional coverage that comprises air, ground and underground coverage.

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