Australian telecommunications company Telstra has announced a partnership with TEOCO, with the aim to develop a UAV-support platform with a multitude of mission-critical services.
Earlier this month TEOCO declared it would be working with Swisscom, the Switzerland-based mobile network provider, on a similar project.
Telstra will make use of TEOCO’s AirborneRF solution to assess the readiness of its radio access network for future UAV applications.
Applications will include communications, navigation, surveillance, safety, and identity.
The platform will provide a link between cellular networks and aviation systems, such as air traffic management (ATM), unmanned traffic management (UTM) and flight information management systems (FIMS).
Telstra highlights the importance of safe urban airspace by noting that Uber has decided to use Melbourne as one of three pilot cities in a ‘flying taxi’ project.
The pilot is expected to begin this year with commercial operations planned for 2023.
This news comes after TEOCO announced a partnership with Swiss mobile network provider Swisscom earlier this month. Read more below: