Verizon Employs Drones To Boost Their 4G LTE Network

Drones used by Verizon to boost 4G LTE Network

[Editor’s Note: Verizon’s test was conducted at the Cape May Airport in New Jersey.]

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When we think about drones, most of us likely think of the small, remote controlled machines that have been making the rounds these past couple of years and gaining more popularity, or the drones used by the government which are much more massive and used for various tasks. Verizon is using Drones in a different way than many people would have imagined, though, and it’s likely that many people, including many of Verizon’s own subscribers, didn’t know that Verizon was using drones at all. In a YouTube video which you can see below, Verizon shows how they’re using drones to boost and improve the performance of their 4G LTE network.

Verizon notes that they use different types of drones to get the job done, but they’re also not simply sending out drones into the air to deliver 4G network connectivity to their millions of subscribers, rather they’re actually doing testing so they can get communications up and running for those that are first responders following a natural disaster. After such events, it wouldn’t be shocking to see many of the communications technologies damaged and unavailable, but even with the downed technology communication is important and plays a key roll in the safety of the first responders as well as the people they’re trying to help.

Verizon’s test, which was recently conducted at the Cape May airport in New Jersey, used an RS-20 UAS drone with a 17-foot wingspan to essentially act as a small cell site in the sky as it’s connected directly back to Verizon’s network wirelessly. The drone also provides imagery which it picks up as it’s flying and streams it wirelessly back to Verizon, who is able to build up and provide a map to first responders so they have an overall idea of what conditions are like in the area. Verizon reports that the test was in partnership with American Aerospace Technologies and that it was a success, which means that should there be a lack of communication from a network via the cell towers after a natural disaster strikes, Verizon would be able to deliver 4G LTE connectivity where needed.



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