Chinese equipment supplier ZTE Corporation is exploring the African market for technologies to deliver mobile Internet service on trains.
ZTE says it is the first manufacturer in the industry to introduce LTE technology into the railway communication field and put it into commercial use.
The company has introduced its iRail solution at the 18th annual Africa Rail exhibition taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The 18th annual Africa Rail exhibition is currently taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa and ends on July 1.
According to the company, ZTE’s intelligent rail solution is a railway radio broadband communication solution based on LTE technology and provides broadband applications such as the passenger information service (PIS), digital advertisement solution (DAS), and patrol alarm system (PAS).
According to ZTE, ICT integration is a key development trend for future railway modernisation. At the Africa Rail Exhibition, ZTE demonstrated the railway application-based ICT integration solution, the iRail
By integrating cutting-edge technologies for railway communication, as well as innovative signal and information technology, this solution not only improves the efficiency of railway operation but also provides passengers with an improved experience, resulting in improved transport capacity, customer experience and increased profitability for railway companies, according to the Chinese technology company.
ZTE says that by providing applications for different terminal types, such as LCDs, LEDs, and handsets, the DAS system can implement sophisticated advertising through multi-dimensional analysis based on user data and behavior. Using its years of experience in the railway transport industry, ZTE introduced the mobile office solution into subway operation and maintenance, and independently developed the PAS.
Yang Jun, Vice President of ZTE says “we are very pleased to meet with our partners and peers at this event to have key industry discussions and exchange insights. We hope that ZTE’s iRail solution can be a step forward in the modernisation of railway transport in Africa and can help railway companies provide more and better services to customers.”
ZTE entered the railway transport industry in 1999 and to date, its railway transport solution has been applied in railways and subways in many countries and areas, such as the Nigeria, Ethiopia, Morocco, Russia and Vietnam railways and Hong Kong, Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai subways.