Utilization of UAVs as Flying Base Stations in Urban Environments

Nikita Tafintsev, Alessandro Chiumento, Olga Vikhrova, Mikko Valkama, Sergey Andreev

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Abstract

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is gaining significant interest for a variety of emerging applications. One of the most attractive use cases for network operators is the ability of UAVs to carry base station equipment on board. The usage of UAVs as moving base stations may enhance connectivity quality in congested areas and expand coverage. Particularly useful for millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G New Radio (NR) networks, UAV base stations (UAV-BSs) operating at higher altitudes may benefit from broader coverage, improved line-of-sight conditions, and reduced blockage. This paper evaluates UAV-aided radio systems by employing system-level simulations and compares them with traditional terrestrial networks, where urban deployment is modeled using real-world data. Our results show improvements in the average user throughput when using UAVs as flying base stations in urban environments. On top of this, we provide an updated review of 3GPP activities related to UAVs and NR-based relaying.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 15th International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems and Workshops, ICUMT 2023
PublisherIEEE
Pages7-11
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9798350393286
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2023
Event15th International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems and Workshops, ICUMT 2023 - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 30 Oct 20231 Nov 2023
Conference number: 15

Publication series

NameInternational Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems and Workshops
ISSN (Print)2157-0221
ISSN (Electronic)2157-023X

Conference

Conference15th International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems and Workshops, ICUMT 2023
Abbreviated titleICUMT 2023
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityGhent
Period30/10/231/11/23

Keywords

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