Qualcomm, AT&T Link On Wireless Drone Communications

San Diego-based Qualcomm and AT&T announced this morning that the two will test the control of unmanned aerial vehicles using AT&T's 4G LTE network. The two said the effort will go to see how cellular networks can support future, wide scale deployment of drones, measuring coverage, signal, strength and mobility across network cells, to support the ability of drones to fly well beyond an operator's visual range. Financial details of the link between the companies was not announced. According to the companies, trials of the use of 4G LTE networks to control drones will begin later this month at Qualcomm Technologies' San Diego Campus, and further testing will happen at the company's FAA-authorized UAS Flight Center.