AT&T wants to use drones to improve network service2016-07-14 16:33 by Daniela
Tags: AT&T, drones
AT&T has announced the trial phase of its national drone program. The company wants to use unmanned flying vehicles to beam LTE Internet to crowded outdoor venues during events.
AT&T already has some experience with drones since it uses them in remote locations to inspect its cell towers.
"By using drones to inspect a cell site, we're able to conduct inspections more quickly and safely – and even access parts of a tower that a human simply could not," AT&T Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan wrote in a blog post. "We anticipate this will allow us to improve our customers' experience by enhancing our cell sites faster than ever before."
"Imagine you're at a concert watching your favorite band, and out of the corner of your eye you notice a tethered drone hovering nearby. But this drone isn't taking photos or videos of the band. It's temporarily providing enhanced LTE wireless coverage at the packed venue so you, along with thousands of others in attendance, can simultaneously send photos and videos to share the moment."
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