Mobile Networks Connected Drones: Field Trials, Simulations, and Design Insights.
Drones are becoming increasingly used in a wide variety of industries and services and are delivering profound socioeconomic benefits. Technology needs to be in place to ensure safe operation and management of the growing fleet of drones. Mobile networks have connected tens of billions of devices on the ground in the past decades and are now ready to connect the flying drones in the sky. In this article, we share some of our findings in cellular connectivity for low altitude drones. We first present and analyze field measurement data collected during drone flights in a commercial Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network. We then present simulation results to shed light on the performance of a network when the network is serving many drones simultaneously over a wide area. The results, analysis, and design insights presented in this article help enhance the understanding of the applicability and performance of mobile network connectivity to low altitude drones.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.10508