Swisscom and TEOCO cooperate to support UAV radio communications in lower airspace

Swiss telecoms provider Swisscom has entered into a joint development cooperation with analytics company TEOCO to optimize Swisscom’s mobile radio network to support commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) traffic. TEOCO is helping Swisscom to explore the potential of their cellular network to support U-space services and ensure the safe, efficient and secure access to airspace for large numbers of UAVs.

Swisscom is using TEOCO’s AirborneRF solution to evaluate the quality of the mobile radio network in the lower airspace. The technology is already deployed by operators globally to provide risk analysis of adequate mobile network coverage in the flight planning phase to support UAVs to reach their destinations safely and securely.

“Swisscom’s reliable and secure mobile network is ready to support UAVs,” said Dr. Rico Schwendener, Head of Innovation at Swisscom. “Our joint development cooperation will further help us providing the required levels of mobile broadband connectivity to support safe and reliable flights for UAVs, servicing a wide range of different use cases.”

“The aviation industry considers connectivity a given, but mobile networks are highly dynamic and by default not designed or optimized to support aviation,” said Thomas Neubauer, VP Business Development at TEOCO. “Swisscom clearly recognises this challenge, but also understands what a great opportunity commercial UAVs can provide, beyond the provision of basic connectivity. AirborneRF helps operators determine where it is safe to fly within their radio network and connect them with the aviation ecosystem.”

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