Back in May earlier this year, Sprint had unveiled Magic Box, which is basically an LTE Advanced User Equipment (UE) Relay tool. Built by AirSpan (a firm that develops small cell wireless tech), Magic Box was intended to enhance LTE coverage, especially Sprint’s own mobile subscribers. In the months since, the wireless carrier was quick to credit its Magic Box offering for helping it improve its network performance.
Verizon Wireless has unveiled a new initiative called the Airborne LTE Operations (ALO), and among other things, it is looking to make full use of drones that are connected to the Big Red’s LTE network in giving assistance to first responders in times of emergencies and natural calamities. With the launch of this initiative, the Big Red is also hoping to encourage developers to build mobile apps for ALO.
The second biggest wireless carrier in America is looking to LTE connected drones as a possible means for improving its wireless network and help maintain its current telecommunications infrastructure. AT&T has officially revealed that it is launching a countrywide trial called Flying COWs (Cells on Wings) in order to provide LTE coverage at big events or in times of natural calamities. Art Pregler, the director of National Mobility Systems at AT&T is heading the trial, and his background as a former serviceman in the United States Air Force should immensely help.
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