Telecom carriers not wanting to reduce their business to the simple provision of connectivity may find a large variety of opportunities from the drone sector. Some of opportunities include:
• Internal drone usage, e.g. to realise network maintenance tasks.
• Direct drone services, e.g. business applications using drones or else, quite the opposite, security solutions to protect from drones.
• Connectivity services, notably via 4G/5G or fixed-line networks in case large amount of data are processed in data centres.
• Indirect drone services, e.g. ICT solutions to process sensor data by drones.
As many business sectors are concerned and many future applications are still mere concepts or ideas, contacts and co-operations with start-ups in the IoT and M2M sector will certainly be necessary for telecom carriers to combine their capacities to create concrete applications: so creating the right ecosystem will be essential.