BEIJING, November 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — AirMedia Group Inc. ("AirMedia" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: AMCN), a leading operator of out-of-home advertising platforms in China targeting mid-to-high-end consumers, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with China Telecom Satellite Communications Co. Ltd. ("CTSAT"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom that specializes in satellite communications operations, to jointly develop and operate a network for in-flight satellite connectivity services and multimedia cabin entertainment on airplanes.
According to the strategic partnership agreement, CTSAT agrees to provide the Company with, under the same conditions, priority access to satellite and on-the-ground network and operation services for developing and operating secure, reliable, and consistent in-flight connectivity in compliance with the laws and regulations of China.
"The strategic partnership with CTSAT is crucial and instrumental for us to further increase our market share of the in-flight Wi-Fi sector in China. So far, CTSAT is the only operator of in-flight satellite communications in China duly licensed by the competent authority in China. Our strategic partnership with CTSAT is another example of our strong capability in integrating varies parts of the value chain to provide a comprehensive solution to airlines and their customers," commented Mr. Herman Guo, chairman and chief executive officer of AirMedia. "We have made substantial progress on our transformation to an in-flight and on-train Wi-Fi operator. We have already obtained a leading position in the on-train Wi-Fi sector in China. We expect to also establish a leading position in in-flight Wi-Fi business in China leveraging our long-term relationship with airlines, years of operation experiences on advertising in the air travel sector, our extensive contents and copyrights in the air sector, and our business chain integration capability."
About AirMedia Group Inc.
AirMedia Group Inc. (Nasdaq: AMCN) is a leading operator of out-of-home advertising platforms in China targeting mid-to-high-end consumers. AirMedia operates the largest digital media network in China dedicated to air travel advertising. AirMedia operates digital frames in 26 major airports and digital TV screens in 26 major airports, including most of the 30 largest airports in China. In addition, AirMedia sells advertisements on the routes operated by seven airlines, including the four largest airlines in China. In selected major airports, AirMedia also operates traditional media platforms, such as billboards and light boxes, and other digital media, such as mega-size LED screens.
In addition, AirMedia has obtained exclusive contractual concession rights until the end of 2020 to develop and operate outdoor advertising platforms at Sinopec’s service stations located throughout China.
For more information about AirMedia, please visit http://www.airmedia.net.cn.
About China Telecom Satellite Communications Co. Ltd
Dedicated to satellite communications services, China Telecom Satellite Communications Co. Ltd, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom, specializes in the operation of its parent corporation’s satellite communications business. It serves as the resource center, product integration center and professional support center of China Telecom’s satellite communications business, mainly engaged in Satellite mobile communications, VSAT communications, International private line and Satellite broadband access, etc. Providing integrated (Aviation/Land) satellite communications and broadcasting operating service with characteristics to subscribers.
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