UTM & Drones

Mobile Network-Enabled UTM Platform

In development

An unmanned traffic management (UTM) platform injected with the insight of the mobile network, providing a safer flying infrastructure than ever.



Drone technologies are rapidly developing. They can fly beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS), are becoming more precise, and lifting heavier objects than ever. Yet their physical capabilities have been limited to their ability to connect. We believe that by flying unmanned aircraft systems on the mobile network they'll be able to fly BVLOS, take on entirely new tasks, thereby enabling a mobile city to the extent that has never before been possible.



We believe that the most safe and successful real-time communication can be done through the mobile network, particularly in the 5G network, that's specifically created for UAV-to-UAV (U2U) and UAV-to-Infrastructure (U2I) communication. 

It follows that mobile operators can play a major role in the development of UTM platforms. LMT is currently working together with the public and private sector to lay the foundations for such an ecosystem. 

Some of the planned functionality of the platform includes:

  • safe LLA (low level altitude) communication network for UAS
  • population density information
  • UAS tracking
  • a detect and avoid system
  • real-time communication throughout all the flight (BVLOS)

Our unique ability to apply our network coverage and all of its benefits (notably, licensed spectrum, secure communication, national wide network coverage, etc.), leads to unparalleled safety and usability. 

For drone integration into airspace to happen smoothly and safely, all UASs used for both commercial and recreational purposes will have to use the UTM platform to provide information on their flight plan and ongoing fights. Telecommunication operators are in a unique position to inject data available to them, thereby adding an additional layer of both data and coverage to provide heightened security.

In developing this project we've come to the understanding that there are many stakeholders that are interested and involved in creating an excellent UTM infrastructure. That's why we are currently open to collaboration with partners interested in developing new ideas, experimenting, iterating, and working together to implement the vision of a mobile network-enabled UTM solution.

For drone integration into communal airspace to happen smoothly and safely, all UASs will have to use the UTM platform to provide information on their precise location.


Gints Jakovels

Innovation Lead