Monday, 18 February 2019

Turkcell Marks a 'First in the World in 5G' with Domestic Drone Technology

Press release from Turkcell (translated from Turkish to English by Google translate):

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 trial flights of the domestic drone, which is controlled by 5G and capable of transferring 360 degree 4K images to live virtual reality glasses.

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.
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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.

Last year we blogged about South Korean operator KT and separately, Japanese operator KDDI doing something similar. See here.

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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Sprint's Trebl: Magic Box + Alexa + HiFi Speakers


Sprint's award winning MagicBox that we have written about multiple times in this blog has launched a new product called Trebl that contains indoor Magic Box small cell, integrated Amazon Alexa voice capabilities and Harman Kardon sound quality.

According to Electronics 360:

The TREBL with Magic Box, introduced this week at CES 2019, won a CES Innovation Award in the Smart Home product category. TREBL is a wireless small cell that accelerates LTE data coverage and speed while controlling smart home devices using Amazon Alexa. The small cell can also play music with Harman Kardon audio through two 8 W speakers, an embedded amplifier, three built-in far-field microphones, Bluetooth, and noise and echo cancellation.

The TREBL with Magic Box is water-resistant, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and it is lightweight for portability.

And it has been nominated for MWC 2019 Glomo award too



While we love the style, we are not exactly sure why someone would need this combination of Magic Box and Alexa. We will wait and see if it succeeds. In the meantime we wish Sprint the best of luck for Glomo awards.