The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) market is one of the most quickly growing and innovative sectors of the IoT and presents a huge commercial and strategic opportunity for operators and their technology partners.

The GSMA is actively working with the telecoms and aviation industries to maximise the use of beyond-visual-line-of-sight capabilities of UAS, develop new use cases and help create an open and trusted regulatory environment.

GSMA Drones Interest Group (DIG)

GSMA Drones Interest Group (DIG)

The GSMA Drones Interest Group (DIG) has 50 members (operators and associates) from around the world that are working with UAS and UTM suppliers and other ecosystem players to encourage the use of cellular communications while helping to create an open and trusted regulatory environment.

The aim of the DIG is to investigate and assess the opportunity for mobile connectivity to be deployed in commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (referred to here as ‘drones’) and to also investigate whether the SIM can be used to help identify a UAV.

The objectives of the DIG are to:

• ​​Understand the drones sector in more detail
This would entail engagement with other stakeholders within the drones sector at varying levels to engage in discussion.

• Awareness of regulatory challenges within the drones sector, and how to address these
Is there a process or timeline for regulatory changes? Are there already existing solutions in place? How do we engage with and lobby regulators, at varying levels (nationally, regionally and globally)

• Awareness of technical challenges and how to address these
​How do we make a network ‘drone ready?
What are the safety and security concerns held by the varying stakeholders?
​What are the industry messages that we can use on how mobile technology can help with drones?

The Drones Interest Group is open to all GSMA members. Please contact us to see how you can take part: drones@gsma.com.

Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity (ACJA)

Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity (ACJA)

The GSMA and GUTMA (Global Unmanned Traffic Management Association) have set up the Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity (ACJA) initiative to build communication and cooperation between the aviation and mobile industries. The main aim of the ACJA is to promote the exchange between the aviation and cellular communities, and to synchronise contributions between the existing Standard Development Organisations (SDOs) of each community, in order to avoid incompatibilities between them.  

Please contact us to see how you can take part: drones@gsma.com.

ACJA Web Page

Industry Perspectives

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