WASHINGTON, DC — Growth in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for both commercial and leisure purposes brings the need for a strengthened focus on their safety and reliability, and a new ATIS resource has captured all current and planned work in global standards organization 3GPP to enable UAV support. A wide range of 3GPP standards are advancing technical improvements to further enhance the cellular services provided to UAVs. ATIS’ Support for UAV Communications in 3GPP Cellular Standards helps a broad audience, including experts in UAV operations and regulation, understand these.
Today’s cellular networks are developed to comply with global technical standards that ensure that equipment from different vendors is interoperable. This creates a competitive market for cellular equipment by giving both network operators and consumers freedom to choose between multiple vendors while ensuring that reliable communications are still delivered. All major commercial cellular networks adhere to the standards developed by the global partnership 3GPP. 3GPP standards include the well-established 4G LTE standard and the recently defined 5G standard. By adding features to support UAV communication requirements to the 3GPP standard the cellular industry is acting to ensure networks have a technical platform that can meet UAVs’ present and future needs.
ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller noted, “With so many innovative new applications for UAV technology, this new ATIS report provides a concise and future-focused view of UAV-related 3GPP standards. The goal is to help a wide range of vendors and service providers leverage these to advance their own innovations as well as their technical contributions to 3GPP.”
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