AT&T Lands Air China

AT&T has won a multi-million contract to provide connectivity and network management services for Air China. The telcom said the deal with China’s largest airline is further evidence that it is making progress in the country.

Under terms of the deal, AT&T will tie together 48 Air China sites in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Canada and the United States, improving the performance of passenger reservation system, customer management, frequent flyer program, operation information, cargo and airplane planning systems.

“This contract and others that we’ve won recently prove that AT&T has gained the trust and confidence of large Chinese enterprises,” said Bill King, general manager of AT&T’s China group.

In addition, the project is an endorsement of AT&T’s technology and reach, King said.

“With millions of transactions and real time information sharing each and every day, airlines like Air China demand reliable and dependable network infrastructure. We’re delighted that Air China has chosen to entrust their networking needs to AT&T,” King said.

Under the agreement, AT&T will provide end-to-end global Frame Relay services supplemented by private leased circuits to link Air China’s global network and data centre in Beijing with its branches offices around the world.

On the network management side, AT&T will provide managed network services from its Global Client Support Centre (GCSC). As one of AT&T’s regional hubs, the GCSC will constantly monitor the entire Air China network and provide early fault diagnosis and prevention services, as well as monitor the network performance to help ensure maximum

Neither the exact dollar value of the contract, nor the duration of the services pact, was disclosed.

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