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BT, SPL aim to deliver remote 4G/5G coverage via HAPS

January 30, 2023

U.K. operator BT and Stratospheric Platforms (SPL) announced they will test delivering mobile coverage using a new antenna technology, designed to be mounted on a High-Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) aircraft.

The new antenna technology would deliver 4G and 5G from the air. SPL is backed by German telco Deutsche Telekom.

The trials, being conducted at BT’s global R&D headquarters at Adastral Park, seek to explore HAPS as a new way to deliver mobile coverage to the hardest-to-reach areas of the U.K.

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