Movistar drone and 5G test
The Telefónica I+D department, in addition to Telefónica Ingeniería y Seguridad (TIS), have carried out drone deployment tests for HD video transmission over 5G in a private network together with the collaboration of the Port Authority and the Local Police of Malaga. And best of all, the results have been good. Especially, because they have been able successfully running two use cases using drone flights for streaming video on a private 5G network.
In this way, the operator has been able to demonstrate that a private network with 5G technology It is capable of supporting the transmission of high-quality, high-definition video images in real time. All through the bandwidth that is available thanks to the fifth generation connection. This makes the transmission more secure. And, as Telefónica affirms, it is more «efficient when carried out through a private network and using Edge Computing resources to store the generated videos«.
How did they carry out the test?
It must be taken into account that, for this particular Movistar test with drones, it has had to be deploy a private 5G network in the port of Malaga and on Calle Larios, as well as a 5G Non-Standalone core solution, which is based on software from the University of Malaga. And it is that, this institution in particular, also participates in the 5G pilot project of Andalusia.
To carry out the deployment of drones for the transmission of HD videos through 5G, thanks to the RANSharing MOCN network sharing technology, it has been possible to use commercial 4G/5G antennas of the Spanish operator in the area that we have mentioned to provide coverage, both to the commercial network of Movistaromo and to the private network, through a different network indicator (PLMN).
Lastly, said drone was flown by personnel from Telefónica Ingeniería y Seguridad (TIS). The model used during the tests has been a DJI Matrice 300 RTK. So, for the test, the drone controller has been connected to a backpack equipped with a 5G module with which it has been possible to generate a stream that has been able to be seen in real time.