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AT&T and Intel team up to test drone technology

AT&T will work with Intel to examine the efficiency of drones on its LTE network at higher altitudes.

A file photo dated 11 January 2013 showing the Intel Corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, California, USA. Intel is to release their 4th quarter results on 14 January 2016. Picture: EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

NEW YORK - Wireless provider AT&T Inc. said on Monday it will partner with chipmaker Intel Corp to test the functionality of drones on its high-speed LTE wireless network.

AT&T will work with Intel to examine the efficiency of drones on its LTE network at higher altitudes and potential interference with airwaves related to areas such as video streaming and flight information, AT&T said in a statement.

Intel has been aggressively investing in drone technology in recent years. With the US wireless market over-saturated, AT&T is betting on growth from the "Internet of Things", or web-connected machines and gadgets from cars, home appliances to drones, a new battleground for the company and rivals ranging from Verizon Communications Inc. to Amazon.com Inc.

"AT&T and Intel will be testing how the network can enable the most exciting business use cases for drones," AT&T's senior vice president, Internet of things solutions, Chris Penrose, said.

AT&T's LTE network can help bring wireless connectivity to industries such as logistics, agriculture, construction and insurance, he said.

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Intel has set up an "Intel Drone Zone" to demonstrate its drone technology over AT&T's wireless network.

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