Sky Drone and China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim of developing 5G connectivity for drones as part of the work of China Mobile’s 5G innovation centre, reports rcrwireless.com.
CMHK has set up a “5G innovation centre” as a cross-industrial platform supporting the evolution globally from 4G to 5G, as well as opening a laboratory in Hong Kong where Sky Drone will participate.
Boris Boege, CEO of Sky Drone, said, “5G is a game-changer in the world of connected drones. Our low latency with 4G connected drones will be lifted to a new level by using 5G. Coupled with higher bandwidth and a virtually unlimited range, truly autonomous drones are at the brink of mass market adoption.”
CMHK and Sky Drone state they’re already promoting 5G drone solutions to government agencies and large corporations who require unmanned craft deployments that perform tasks autonomously. This includes infrastructure monitoring, surveillance, cargo/delivery coupled with real-time artificial intelligence (AI) analysis of the data collected.
New 5G deployments are subsidised by the Hong Kong government and the companies say “are in high demand all across the territory.” CMHK and Sky Drone also state that “international deployments on 4G/LTE as well as 5G networks are possible as well.”
China Mobile Hong Kong officially launched commercial 5G services on April 1st, 2020. Initially, the 5G network will cover the entire Hong Kong city including 90% of the major Central and Western, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay Districts; nearly 90% of the Kwun Tong District; and close to 80% of the Tsuen Wan District.
China Mobile Hong Kong Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile Limited. The operator owns spectrum in the 3.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 4.9GHz bands.
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