gs-sanyal-schoolIIT Kharagpur researchers develop UAV assisted communication infrastructure for 5G

The Economic Times (January 6, 2021)

NEW DELHI: Researchers from G S Sanyal School of Telecommunication at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur have developed a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) assisted communication infrastructure for 5G that can serve as an air-borne mobile telecom tower during emergency situations. The system includes an Android-based application fitted to a fleet of drones which are programmed to create emergency communication networks by extending cellular network coverage from the closest available mobile towers.

Flying base stations are a feature that enhances wireless capacity and coverage footprint on the ground with ultra-dense traffic demands, to meet the requirements of 5G and B5G or beyond 5G cellular communications, stated a release issued by the institute. Such a UAV-based network is inhabitable for various applications such as setting-up emergency communication networks over disaster regions, acting as a relay or maintaining quality of service over densely populated areas. (Read More)