The 5G Standard

3GPP Release 17 and UAV Applications

Jul 22,2022

New report by 3GPP Partner - ATIS

ATIS today published its 3GPP Release 17 – Building Blocks for UAV Applications report, describing how mobile networks supporting 3GPP Release 17 specifications can enable uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) applications. It also shows how the 3GPP system can be used to enhance the safe use of UAVs for commercial and leisure applications.

Today's ATIS news release identifies how UAVs are heavily dependent on wireless communications in areas such as command & control, location-finding, collision avoidance and remote identification.

The news release says: "Because UAV applications interact with several different parts of the 3GPP system, it can be difficult to fully appreciate how 3GPP addresses UAV requirements by direct reference to the specifications. In many cases, the capabilities in 3GPP specifications are intended to be integrated with other standards to build complete solutions. With this new report, ATIS makes a major contribution to help technical decision makers and system architects better understand the role of 3GPP’s UAV specifications and how they fit with other initiatives."

“Evolving technology, standards and regulations are increasing the market for UAV services” noted ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller.

Read the report: 3GPP Release 17 – Building Blocks for UAV Applications.

About ATIS

ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a founding Partner of the oneM2M global initiative, a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as well as a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, visit