Monday, 10 June 2019 09:46

DRONE Radio Network Testing

Drone testing Background

Mobile Networks testing challenges:

  • Drive Test not enought

New technologies require more than road measurements network testing / drive tests for network optimization

  • Vertical testing

5G accelerates the need for more than ground level testing

  • Very specify hard to reach locations

IoT, Private and DAS Networks requires securing network

coverage in particular locations

Benefits of Drone testing:

  • Increase reach

  • Safety

  • Real-time measures information for immediate adjustment of network

  • Efficiency by reducing time and quality of the measures

  • Can be combined with tower inspections, radio planning and line-of-sight testing between towers

Location that benefits from Drone Usage

  • Airports

  • Ports / Shipyards

  • Industrial facilities

  • Sports and special events venues

  • Agriculture areas

  • Beaches / Coastal Area

  • Lakes

  • Vacation resorts

Solution Overview

Testing Equiment

  • UE devices – 0,4 Kg / each

  • PCTEL IBFlex scanner with battery pack and accessories – 2 Kg

  • Total payload:

  • 1 UE + Scanner: 2,4 Kg

  • 2 UEs + Scanner: 2,8 Kg

  • 3 UEs + Scanner: 3,2 Kg

  • 4 UEs + Scanner: 3,5 Kg

Drone Requirements

  • Additional payload support: 2,4 Kg to 3,5 Kg

  • Manual and Automatic flight

  • Real Time video allows combined use with site inspection

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