logo for print

AT&T’s 'Flying COW' reconnects Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

The Flying Cell on Wings is an LTE cell site placed on a drone to connect first responders and residents while the network is restored


By FireRescue1 Staff

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The first-ever Flying COW was deployed in Puerto Rico to reconnect first responders and residents in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

ATT.com reported that the Flying Cell on Wheels is an experimental technology that provides data, voice and text service to customers by putting an LTE cell site on a drone and flying it 200 feet in the air to extend coverage farther than a normal temporary cell site.

AT&T said FirstNet subscribers can benefit from the Flying COW, and exploring the capabilities of the technology will give some insight as to how first responders can use the drone in other emergency situations.

AT&T reported that crews are working around the clock to restore the network that is already 70 percent reconnected in Puerto Rico, and 95 percent connected in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Join the discussion

Brand Focus

Sponsored content
Quiet Warrior: How CrossFit has helped one firefighter become the best he can be

Quiet Warrior: How CrossFit has helped one firefighter become the best he can be

Ryan Starling, an engineer and tactical medic, has made it his personal mission to be in the best possible physical condition in order to protect and serve his community

Copyright © 2018 FireRescue1.com. All rights reserved.