Helicopter Cell on Wings Helps AT&T with Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 | Comments

AT&T deployed its helicopter flying cell on wings (COW) for the first time in Puerto Rico to deliver Long Term Evolution (LTE) data, voice and text services to customers. The technology will help temporarily restore connectivity and assess how first responders can use the drone in the future.

Operating as a cell site on a drone, the flying COW is deployed in the San Juan area. AT&T officials are planning to relocate it in coming days to support additional areas, including the military hospital at Manati Coliseum. The unit provides wireless connectivity to customers in a 40-square-mile-area, flying 200 feet above the ground and extending coverage farther than other temporary cell sites.

A company spokesman said AT&T officials “continue working around the clock to restore our network and deploy additional assets in affected areas of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.” He said nearly 70 percent of the population in Puerto Rico and almost 95 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands populations are connected again.

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