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GSMA IoT WebTalk 'Clear Skies Ahead for Mobile-Enabled Drones'

One of the biggest challenges with UAVs and Drones is that there are no harmonized regulations allowing aerial UEs worldwide. While different countries may have different regulations, work like the LTE Aerial Profile is intended to standardize on an approach to remove concerns of interference with ground based users. When it is implemented by the MNOs, the policy will adapt to using LTE for drones. 

In Europe there are efforts from European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in a safe and secure manner. The operators can help supporting in this area by, first of all, having a conversation with the national authorities and demonstrate the performances of the network. Also it is highly recommended to participate to the Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity (ACJA) work tasks to help define the right KPIs, the more mobile operators participate the better is the result.

In this GSMA IoT WebTalk (embedded below) the theme of partnership is explored as the GSMA introduces the ACJA who build communication and cooperation between the mobile and aviation industries. It contains the following:

  • Introduction
  • How to develop enablers for aviation in 3GPP standards? by Stefano Faccin, Qualcomm
  • How cellular can enable BVLOS operations? by Gerry Libunao, Verizon
  • What data can MNOs offer for BVLOS flights? by Thomas Neubauer, TEOCO
  • How to integrate cellular enabled UAS into aviation? by Boris Resnick, GLONASS Union
  • Panel and Q&A, moderated by Barbara Pareglio, GSMA

The slides are available to download here. The Q&A has been extracted and is available here.

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