BT has announced that it has entered into a £5 million deal with startup Altitude Angel with the aim of scaling the UK drone industry and support the development of the UK’s drone superhighway. This is set to be the largest and longest network of its kind in the world. 

The company has said that the £5 million deal will accelerate Altitude Angel’s roll-out of its transformative ARROW technology, which detects and identifies drones, while also enabling drones to share the airspace with crewed aviation safely and securely. 

This deal will enable Altitude Angel to scale its technology to allow long distance drone flights which will support the potential for faster delivery of essential and non-essential items. This will unlock an industry worth £45bn by 2030.  

Richard Parker, CEO and founder, Altitude Angel said, “With BT Group, Altitude Angel has a partner which shares its ambition to make automated commercial drone operations at scale in the UK a day-to-day reality. Combining our ARROW technology, which allows crewed and uncrewed aircraft to share the same skies, safely and securely, with BT Group’s significant communications infrastructure, we can quickly bring ARROW to the masses. This will provide the UK with the first nationwide drone superhighways, unlocking the potential of this new and innovative technology and revolutionising business operations in countless industries.” 

The release has said that under the deal, BT Group will provide connectivity, network infrastructure and its scalability experience to deploy and maintain Altitude Angel’s ARROW tower network.  

Additionally, it has been said that BT Group will be the key reseller of Altitude Angel’s software and will provide commercial support for drone deliveries in retail and automated, smart done inspections of critical infrastructure. 

Tom Guy, Managing Director, Etc. – BT Group said, “At Etc., we support businesses like Altitude Angel, who have game changing ideas that benefit from BT Group’s scale and our agile approach to growth. This partnership is a natural extension to BT Group’s work building the leading network in the UK, supporting the UTM industry that sits adjacent to our core business.”

Press release and picture: Altitude Angel