Sprint to test aerial HAPSmobile system for LTE connectivity

HAPSmobile has developed a solar-powered drone, called Hawk 30, which travels up to 20 km above Earth’s surface for stratospheric telecommunications delivery. (Softbank)

Sprint plans to test a High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) communications system for six months starting in November.

 

Documents filed (PDF) with the FCC show the carrier has asked for a “special temporary authority” to conduct demonstrations of experimental transmitters using spectrum frequencies ranging from the 1.9 GHz personal communications service (PCS) band and the 2.5 GHz broadband radio service (BRS) and educational broadband service (EBS) bands.

FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER

Like this story? Subscribe to FierceWireless!

The Wireless industry is an ever-changing world where big ideas come along daily. Our subscribers rely on FierceWireless as their must-read source for the latest news, analysis and data on this increasingly competitive marketplace. Sign up today to get wireless news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

 

The tests will be conducted with HAPSmobile, a joint venture between Sprint’s parent Softbank and AeroVironment that was formed in 2017. 

 

RELATED: Alphabet’s Loon partners with Softbank’s HAPSMobile for stratospheric connectivity

 

Sprint said it will be testing a HAPS system’s ability to maintain a stable LTE link with ground equipment over the island of Lanai, Hawaii. It will also test handover capabilities with end user equipment and signal coverage over the island.

 

HAPSmobile has developed a solar-powered drone, called Hawk 30, which travels up to 20 km above Earth’s surface for stratospheric telecommunications delivery.

 

In a statement announcing HAPSmobile earlier this year, Softbank said the platform will “contribute to the adoption of IoT and 5G” and will enable Softbank “to build stable Internet connection environments at locations unserved by telecommunication networks,” such as mountainous terrain, remote islands and developing countries.

Suggested Articles

Ericsson now has commercial 5G RAN contracts with South Korea’s three major mobile operators.

The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T has hired bankers at Centerview Partners and Goldman Sachs Group in the talks with Elliott.

MWC Los Angeles 2019 kicks off in just a few days, with vertical industries being drawn into the mobile conversation.