Huawei to develop mobile network system for drones operation

Wednesday 29 November 2017 | 10:36 CET | News

Huawei announced that its Wireless X Labs is working on a 'Digital Sky Initiative' to develop new applications for drones connected to mobile networks. The initiative aims to provide coverage in low airspace, up to 300m, to support drone services, including non-line-of-sight flight control verification and large volume data transmission.

Step one of the plan, planned for 2017-18, seeks to set up connected drone application demo sites and promote standardization of cellular-network-based management. Step two, in 2019-20, requires field tests and aims to achieve small-scale commercial use with deployment in over five countries. Step three, from 2020, is designed to bring low airspace digital networks into commercial use, and provide network coverage for at least 30 percent of low airspace. 

Huawei Wireless X Labs has also set up a Digital Sky Special Interest Group, gathering governments, operators, drone vendors, industry organizations, and other customers. In October, its first Digital Sky Hub was founded in Shanghai. It aims to encourage joint efforts to set up drone application demo sites. In 2018, hubs will be set up in Europe, Canada, Korea and other locations around the world.

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