T-Mobile to use UAS for antenna inspections

By Patrick C. Miller | September 09, 2014

T-Mobile will be experimenting with Aerialtronics’ Altura UAS to inspect antenna masts in the Netherlands, according to an announcement Monday during a press conference at the company’s headquarters at The Hague.

In partnership with Dutch unmanned aircraft manufacturer Aerialtronics, T-Mobile will inspect antennas Sept. 17 at the Galgenwaard football stadium in the Dutch city of Utrecht using an Altura Zenith UAV. T-Mobile said UAS can perform inspections more efficiently than conventional methods while generating less noise pollution.

A Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, T-Mobile is one of the largest telecommunication brands of the Netherlands with nearly 4.3 million private and commercial customers. It provides access to mobile communication and mobile internet services. In the Netherlands T-Mobile operates the T-Mobile brand, BEN and MTV Mobile.

Aerialtronics is an international manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems for civilian purposes. The company sells multi-rotor Alturas for a wide variety of applications worldwide. Aerialtronics’ systems are designed and developed in-house based on aviation-grade quality standards.