One of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States, Verizon, along with Facebook, Google and AT&T, is exploring the possibility of using drones to spread the Internet in the 4G format in areas where it is still unavailable. At the same time, special emphasis is placed on the creation of communication channels in emergency situations.
Verizon has partnered with American Aerospace Technologies for nearly two years to develop drones with cell tower functionality in case of natural disasters. An experimental model with a wingspan of 5, 2 meters is being tested in New Jersey.
According to company spokesman Howie Waterman, specialists are testing a flying cellular platform located inside the drone for the possibility of providing 4G wireless services in extreme conditions. In the future, UAVs connected to each other will be able to monitor crops, pipelines, power lines and determine the degree of threat of fires and tornadoes.
So far, the use of drones out of sight is prohibited by US laws, but appropriate amendments are already being developed. Once the law is updated, Verizon will begin certification allowing private companies to legally use 4G cellular flying towers for their own purposes.