The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), M1 Limited (M1) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have partnered with Airbus and to conduct coastal 5G standalone (SA) network trials at the Singapore Maritime Drone Estate.
It forms part of a move which continues Singapore’s efforts to build an open and inclusive 5G innovative ecosystem around the use cases of port operations, and incident management and response.
IMDA, M1, MPA and Airbus plan to conduct 5G SA trials in real-world environments to ensure unmanned aerial vehicles can operate safely and efficiently during all phases of their flights, including operations in the designated drone-fly zones.
M1 will also be collaborating with TeamOne Technologies Pte Ltd, a local enterprise, to support the development of local capabilities within Singapore’s small and medium-sized enterprises.
In addition to the coastal trials, M1 and Airbus have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct connectivity trials for in-land areas. This will enable M1 and Airbus to address the growing interest in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for UAM for other industries.
All necessary permits and approvals will be sought from relevant agencies prior to the conduct of any flight trials.
Commenting on the trials, Isabel Del Pozo De Poza, head of UTM at Airbus, said: “We are excited to partner with M1, IMDA and MPA to accelerate the development and adoption of UAM and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM).”
Adding: “This collaboration will establish key cellular 5G performance metrics and requirements to enable UAS to safely integrate and fly in national airspace systems. We look forward to combining our aerospace and UTM knowledge with M1’s technical expertise in the cellular industry, to enable the next age of aviation.”