DRONE Radio Network Testing

Drone testing Background

Mobile Networks testing challenges:

  • Drive Test not enought

New technologies require more than road measurements network testing / drive tests for network optimization

  • Vertical testing

5G accelerates the need for more than ground level testing

  • Very specify hard to reach locations

IoT, Private and DAS Networks requires securing network coverage in particular locations

Benefits of Drone testing:

  • Increase reach;
  • Safety;
  • Real-time measures information for immediate adjustment of network;
  • Efficiency by reducing time and quality of the measures;
  • Can be combined with tower inspections, radio planning and line-of-sight testing between towers

Location that benefits from Drone Usage

  • Airports;
  • Ports / Shipyards;
  • Industrial facilities;
  • Sports and special events venues;
  • Agriculture areas;
  • Beaches / Coastal Area;
  • Lakes;
  • Vacation resorts

Solution Overview

Testing Equiment

  • UE devices – 0,4 Kg / each;
  • PCTEL IBFlex scanner with battery pack and accessories – 2 Kg;
  • Total payload:
    • 1 UE + Scanner: 2,4 Kg;
    • 2 UEs + Scanner: 2,8 Kg;
    • 3 UEs + Scanner: 3,2 Kg;
    • 4 UEs + Scanner: 3,5 Kg

Drone Requirements

  • Additional payload support: 2,4 Kg to 3,5 Kg;
  • Manual and Automatic flight;
  • Real Time video allows combined use with site inspection