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Reliability of UAV Connectivity in Dual-MNO Networks: A Performance Measurement Campaign

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops (ICC Workshops)
PublisherIEEE
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-7440-2
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Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

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ISSN (Electronic)2474-9133

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ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops
Period1/01/00 → …

Abstract

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be controlled in beyond-visual-line-of-sight use cases via today's commercial mobile network operator (MNO) deployments, such as those based on long-term evolution (LTE) technology. In order to improve the reliability of UAV connectivity, especially in more critical use cases, several MNO networks may be utilized simultaneously. To evaluate this option in typical environments, performance measurements were conducted over two public LTE networks in urban, suburban, and rural areas in/near the city of Tampere, Finland, and at various UAV flight altitudes: 1 m, 15-20 m, and 50 m above the ground. The results indicate that there are distinct benefits in utilizing more than one MNO for improved levels of connection reliability.

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