Turkcell drone230 If drones stop shutting down airports, the telcos see a major business. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg promised at CES 2019, "Verizon is committed to being the first to connect 1 million drone flights on its 5G network." Saudi Telecom, KT, Vodafone, and KDDI are doing active testing and hope to go into commercial operation in 2019. 

The number of drone flights will likely be limited until practical flight control is demonstrated. 5G (and most 4G) networks can easily handle the modest number of drones in the air if human control is needed.  Military and civilian research into truly autonomous control of drones is active worldwide.

Turkcell is using a Huawei system in 3.5 GHz. Verizon is working with Ericsson in mmWave. 

Turkcell drone background 650Research in automatic control of drones goes back at least to this 1969 paper from RCA.

An Automatic System for the Control of Multiple Drone Aircraft

A conceptual system is proposed and described for the control of a multiplicity of drone aircraft. Each target (drone) aircraft is controlled, during a given mission, over a separate preprogrammed path comprised of straight line and circular arc segments. Full control of each target's altitude, plan position, and velocity is available. Position measurement can be obtained by use of either a radar or a bilateration method where altitude is measured in either case by each aircraft and telemetered to a central control point. Velocity is obtained by smoothing position data in a central computer, which also controls the entire mission complex.


Turkcell marks a first in the world in 5G

Turkcell continues to undertake firsts in the scope of its 5G works. Huawei Turkey and Aviation Lapis Technologies R & D engineers working with Turkcell team has now spent on a different solution in drone technology life. In this work, which is a first in the world, Turkcell successfully completed the test flights of the local drone, which is controlled by 5G and can transfer the 360 degree 4K video to the virtual reality glasses live.

carrying one step further studies in 5G Turkcell, Huawei Turkey R & D center and domestic drone manufacturers Lapis Aviation Technology, in cooperation with Turkey's first experienced live virtual reality experience through 5G technology has scored the indigenous drones. The drone, which successfully completed the test flights, is controlled by 5G. Thanks to this innovative application, which provides real-time high-speed data transfer over 5G technology, Turkcell became the first operator in the world to implement this solution in line with 3GPP standards. This solution, developed by Turkcell with its business partners, eliminates the distance between pilot and drone thanks to low delay connection and 5G coverage.

Turkey's first 3.5 GHz frequency band can be controlled through the 5G technology provided through Turkcell 5G Drone, 360 4K camera in live images still virtual reality to the viewers in different locations through 5G (VR) offers the opportunity to watch the spectacle. Thanks to this solution, which brings a new dimension to drone applications, it is possible to control the oil and gas pipelines in the industrial area and to carry out operations such as the control of the fields in the agricultural sector in a safer, faster and economic way. In addition, thanks to the 360-degree 4K image-forwarding capability, new experiences can be offered to the entertainment industry by providing concerts or other shows to be transmitted to virtual reality glasses.

Worldwide, the first in 5G, this innovative project, stating that they were proud to be a signatory in Turkey, Turkcell Network of the Chief Officer for Gediz Sezgin , "a very important part of the preparations we have made for this work 5G we continue with our business partners. We are working together to support local initiatives with the world's leading technology companies in this field to have a say in 5G areas of Turkey. Lapis cooperation with Turkey, Turkcell and Huawei finds life at work Drone 5G product of such a study. Through this work, a first in Turkey again we became the first operator in the world capable of developing solutions in this field, "he said.

Walter Wang , Head of Departments at Huawei Wireless Network Marketing and Sales Solutions , said in his assessment; "As Huawei Turkey, this country's technological transformation, in many different sectors to provide important benefits we are very pleased to be a part of this cooperation. From agriculture to energy, the development and efficiency of many important industries with IT, we will witness more with such developments. This project also sets an example for the change and quality that 5G will bring to our lives in the near future. In the future we will continue to provide any contribution to the development of Turkey's technology. "

Lapis Aviation Technologies Inc. Chairman Osman Sevgi ; Sürdür Lapis Aviation Technologies Inc. operates within the Technopark Ankara campus with national and original software design and local production. Indigenous entrepreneurs get going with us with the world relying on such an important project that brings together the giant Turkcell in Turkey and we are honored to be the first place that led us to this study. Today, drones have become an indispensable element of our lives. This technology application, which was first realized with 5G technology, will be an integral part of the services in this field, '' he said.

Today, because the drones are controlled via Wi-Fi, the communication distance between the drone and the pilot can be reduced to 500 meters, especially in crowded cities. Thanks to the 5G technology that enables low-delay connection and high-speed data transmission, the Turkcell 5G Drone can be controlled with a high-resolution 4K image without a distance limit. In addition, increasing the number of commercial drones flying at low altitude is also a very important need to manage air traffic. With this technology, which will contribute to the management of air traffic, commercial UAVs and drones will increase their use in many sectors such as transportation, logistics, security, monitoring and media.