To ensure future success, Mobile Network Operators need to identify new value added service opportunities on top of just connectivity. One of the best ways to do this is with Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations and the services around it.
One of the hottest new trends in the industry, BVLOS drone operations are controlled via cellular networks, presenting a significant growth opportunity for Mobile Network Operators. Historically, air traffic management and cellular networks did not need to interact with one another, but the rise in drone deployment has changed that. In 2020, continuous connectivity between the two is essential for UAV flight safety and regulatory compliance. With this change in requirements comes an increased avenue for profits. Like IoT, where cellular networks go beyond connectivity to provide entire asset tracking solutions, MNOs that provide services on BVLOS solutions before the competition will be in a strong position for years to come.
Existing 4G network technology already provides all the ingredients for reliable, off-the-shelf communication for profitable BVLOS drone operations. The upcoming transition to 5G network technology will only solidify this, as 5G networks have been specified for ultra-reliable low latency operation. In other words, Mobile Network Operators have a clear path to provide effective communication for critical airspace safety.
There’s just one catch: Many Mobile Network Operators are not familiar with the aviation industry.
That’s where AirborneRF comes in.