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AT&T Is Expanding Wireless Coverage With Drones

Oyetoke Tobi - Sunday, July 31, 2016

AT&T has made it known that it has gotten to the trial phase of its program aimed at deploying drones all over the country to help boost network connectivity in areas where network might have been slowed. 

If you have been to a stadium to watch a game, or attended a public event with a very large turnout of people or probably got dancing along the street during a major festival, it very possible you had issues connecting to network. You would have encountered excruciating difficulty trying to send pictures, video or even text. Well, the truth is that you are not alone. With thousands of others trying to do the same thing as you are doing, the load on your network carrier becomes too much to bear. 

Necessity they say is the mother of invention. It is for this reason that AT&T went to its drawing board and then came up with the idea of using drones to expand network especially when it is experiencing overloading or jamming. The idea isn’t just to use this drones to power up network connectivity, AT&T has it in mind to use the technology to provide life feeds of footages as well as enhance communication during disaster periods. If you have ever experienced a tornado or a major natural disaster, you will definitely agree that communicating during this period of time is quite difficult. It is in such situations that cell-connected drone will be of great help. 

Furthermore, AT&T has revealed that drone technology has lots of potential. The company has made known its plans of using drones for its tower inspection routines, and this will greatly help improve network connectivity. 

According to Art Pregler; AT&T director for the drone program, using drones for tower inspection and routing maintenance offers more accuracy than the conventional way of doing it before. “We are in the infancy of drone use in the commercial sector. There is nothing to hold us back now”

With drones doing a lot of work in the field out there, more data can then easily be captured and fed directly to the company’s system. What this means that changes can be swiftly effected on network without any need for a down time. 

Using drones during inspection routines does two major things for the company; reduced the risk of having humans do it, and also cuts down the amount of time that will be needed in carrying out inspection on communication towers. Using drones for inspection routines also grants the company access to areas which otherwise can’t be reached by humans. The company’s goal here is to increase the satisfaction of her customers, as they know improving network connectivity will help them achieve this goal. 



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