Using the LTE network to connect aerial devices will become reality in the not too distant future, and with appropriate mitigation schemes, LTE can be used to great advantage over other connectivity technologies.
Without mitigation schemes, aerial UEs will suffer from higher interference than terrestrial UEs on the downlink and will degrade uplink performance of legacy UEs. However, techniques to mitigate interference are being refined and adapted to drone use; these include simple techniques such as the use of directional antennas on the aerial device, or more complex techniques, involving network adaptation and evolution of the standard.
Sequans contributed to the 3GPP Study on Enhanced Support for Aerial Vehicles1 and is monitoring the follow up work item4 to enable safe and easy communication with aerials based on LTE.
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