A selection of mobile phone operators have joined forces to bolster 5G connectivity in a bid to further the development of smart cities.
Samsung Electronics and Cisco have announced that they have successfully completed a friendly-user trial and series of 5G demonstrations with Orange in Romania.
Wi-Fi signal is often used to maintain contact between pilot and drone, notwithstanding the limitations associated with the range and transmitter. According to mobile service providers, including T-Mobile, the use of 5G opens up a new dimensions in innovative drone applications, including live-saving services.
Since the announcement in February by the three companies of the first multi-vendor 5G fixed wireless trial in Europe, the friendly-user trial has been running for a month and a half across multiple homes in Romania.
The trial makes use of Samsung’s 5G solutions including the virtualized RAN, one of the smallest 5G access units and multiple indoor and outdoor 5G routers, as well as Cisco’s Meraki Z3 WiFi Router and Ultra Gateway Platform which delivers a 5G virtual packet core on top of Cisco NFV Infrastructure that brings enhanced throughput and flexibility.
The mobile phone providers are the latest in a stream of technology firms to target the development of 5G and smart cities.
Last month Huawei Technologies and Unifly signed a deal to cooperate in the field of unmanned traffic management (UTM) systems. The agreement covers both research and development, and a joint market approach to drone management.
“4.5G and 5G technology play a key role in the registration and identification of drones and drone users as well as the tracking of drones in the airspace; essential services in a UTM architecture. We are delighted to collaborate with Unifly to address the challenges of mass market connected drone deployment,” said Peter Zhou, chief marketing officer of Huawei Wireless Networks