Towards 6G with Connected Sky: UAVs and Beyond [article]

Mohammad Mozaffari, Xingqin Lin, Stephen Hayes
2021 arXiv   pre-print
The large-scale and ever-growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in a wide range of applications is foreseen to be a major part of beyond 5G and 6G wireless networks in the next decade. The effective support of such massive deployment of UAVs requires offering reliable, secure, and cost-effective wireless connectivity. In this regard, cellular networks play essential roles in serving UAVs acting as flying user equipments. While the cellular networks provide promising connectivity
more » ... s for UAVs, enabling robust UAV operations faces several challenges. In this paper, an overview of key barriers and design considerations of widespread commercial use of flying UAVs are presented along with their potential solutions. In addition, we discuss how cellular networks can support UAVs by relying on their advanced features, network intelligence, key enabling technologies for beyond 5G and 6G, and exploiting new tools from machine learning. Finally, we shed light on offering wireless services to high altitudes and the integration of non-terrestrial networks with terrestrial networks towards limitless connectivity in 6G.
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