China Telecom and Huawei Complete the First Flight Test of 5G UAVs

- Apr 18, 2018-

Recently, China Telecom and Huawei Technologies have cooperated to complete the first flight test and inspection business demonstration of 5G drones in Shenzhen. This is the first professional UAV test flight based on an end-to-end 5G network in China, successfully realizing the real-time 5G network transmission of a drone 360 degree panoramic 4K HD video. The remote operator obtains the first-view VR experience, performs remote agile control of the drone through millisecond-level low latency 5G network, and efficiently completes the inspection task.

As a high-quality automatic flight platform, UAVs have been widely applied in the vertical digital industry. Anytime, anywhere real-time aerial photography, automated unmanned inspection, fast logistics transportation, efficient farmland spraying, accurate laser mapping, mobile facial recognition security and other drone applications, will be over the horizon remote control, image real-time cloud Processing, high-definition video streaming back capabilities put new requirements, prompting deep integration of UAVs and mobile networks.


As drones are increasingly integrated with industry applications, bandwidth and latency requirements for mobile networks are also increasing. Especially in the fields of surveying, surveying, and public safety, industry customers are eager to verify the support capabilities of 5G networks for UAV applications. China Telecom and Huawei cooperated to conduct UAV airborne data transmission based on 5G commercial miniaturized CPE terminals, successfully solving the industry application early validation challenges.

The application of 5G key technologies and innovative product forms to digital low altitude coverage is also a highlight of this joint demonstration. The Shenzhen 5G experimental project uses Huawei's active antenna feeder system (the antenna feeder system refers to the antenna radiating electromagnetic waves to the surrounding space). While enhancing the coverage of the existing horizontal area, it also significantly increases the capacity and coverage of the vertical space. Flexible beam scanning and beam stratification to meet a variety of scene coverage requirements. On the one hand, it effectively improves the coverage and business experience in high-rise buildings in cities, and on the other hand, it can build high-reliability and high-performance wide-coverage low-altitude networks and explore the feasibility of industrial applications. The previous mobile network was based on "people" as the main ground cover. The 5G network will be expanded from the "people" to the "objects" on the ground and in the air for three-dimensional coverage, to achieve low-altitude digitization, and to promote the perfection of drone supervision and speed up. Human-machine application innovation and development.

As a leading global operator, China Telecom has actively deployed 5G standard formulation, technology research and development, and pilot verification. It has taken the lead in launching 5G innovation demonstration networks in 6 cities including Lanzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Xiong'an, Suzhou and Shanghai. From October 2017 onwards, 5G base stations were opened in several cities in Shenzhen, marking the beginning of the 5G pilot project. In 2018, China Telecom will continue to work with its partners to build a 5G ecosystem, further promote 5G trials and pilot projects, and build a 5G scale trial network. In-depth exploration of 5G innovation application fields such as drones, autopilot, precision positioning, venue VR, etc., to promote the integration of 5G and industry applications in government, healthcare, education, industry, finance, etc. Explore the advancement of smart government affairs, create smart community construction, and create Smart eco-tourism; implementation of "informatization to promote industrialization, industrialization to promote information technology" to help "Internet +", "Made in China 2025."

Huawei will help China Telecom continue to build Shenzhen 5G Innovation Demonstration Network, form continuous coverage in key areas, study how to make reasonable use of 4G existing network resources, give full play to 5G advantages, build network with low cost and high efficiency, ensure service capabilities and user perception. On the basis of the realization of network investment and value maximization. The low latency, large bandwidth, and large connectivity of 5G will better enable digital applications in the vertical industry. Focusing on 5G cross-industry collaboration, the two parties will collaborate with industry chain partners to conduct in-depth cooperation and research in areas such as autopilot, smart grid, and telemedicine, conduct 5G commercial scenario innovation practice, and continue to promote 5G mature commercialization to jointly build new Shenzhen TechCity. Starting point to promote the prosperity of the digital economy.

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