An Experimental Evaluation of LTE-A Throughput for Drones

Samira Hayat, Christian Bettstetter, Aymen Fakhreddine, Raheeb Muzaffar, Driton Emini

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This work presents an experimental performance study on the wireless communication of a quadrocopter connected to an LTE-Advanced network. Measurements of TCP traffic analyze how the received power level, signal-to-interference ratio, and throughput depend on the flight height. An average throughput of 20 Mb/s in the downlink and 40 Mb/s in the uplink is achieved at 150 m. We also show how the number of line-of-sight links to base stations rises with height and leads to an increased handover rate.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventDroNet'19 - Seoul, Republic of Korea
Duration: 21 Jun 201921 Jun 2019


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