Telecom World Discovers Drone Advantages

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In a growing trend globally for the telecom sector, mobile operators have identified the need to constantly monitor their towers to ensure smooth and hassle-free relay of signals between devices and infrastructure to ensure a better mobile experience for customers. Drone cell tower inspection reduces costs and the time taken to detect any flaws considerably, as well as providing companies with complete details of defects through visual imagery, making it easier to develop lasting solutions for the problems that are identified, as reported by commsmea.com.

A new drone deal was announced in Dubai in October. A first commercial agreement was signed with Zain Kuwait, telecom operators in the region. The pioneering Zain Drone as-a-Service (DaaS) offering is expected to unlock opportunities in various industries to fast-track growth and exploit the Internet of Things (IoT) in an efficient, safer and faster way.

Zain Drone CEO Abdulaziz Jawad said: “Automation will play a key role in the cell tower inspection industry where automated workflows have proven their potential by helping cut inspection costs by as much as 50%, given that drone hardware and software technologies have developed to the level that the entire inspection process can be streamlined and automated. The valuable benefits of drone technology in this instance include, higher-resolution visual inspections than ground-based inspections; a significant reduction of man hours and costs; safely assess the condition and alignment of all components of cell towers with inspections done from a safe distance; an increase in efficiency due to data accuracy, live streaming and zoom or thermal capabilities; and importantly, no network downtime time as the cell towers remain functional during inspection.”