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Sky Drone Modem Options

Modem Option Europe & Asia
United States / Canada / Americas Global FirstNet
Type Consumer Grade Industrial Grade Industrial Grade Industrial Grade
Technology LTE LTE LTE Advanced Pro LTE Advanced Pro
Supported 4G / LTE bands B1, B3, B7, B8, B28, B40 B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B13, B17, B18, B19, B20 B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B9, B12, B13, B18, B19, B20, B26, B28, B29, B30, B32, B41, B42, B43, B46, B48, B66 B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B9, B12, B13, B14, B18, B19, B20, B26, B29, B30, B32, B41, B42, B43, B46, B48, B66 
3G Fallback supported supported supported supported
Public Safety Networks - - public safety LTE networks in Europe (B20, B28) FirstNet™ and public safety LTE networks in Europe (B20)
Private LTE Networks only on standard frequencies only on standard frequencies 3.5GHz local private networks (CBRS band) 3.5GHz local private networks (CBRS band)
Carrier Certifications - Verizon, AT&T
AT&T

Certification in progress: Verizon, Bell, docomo, KDDI, Rogers, Softbank, Telstra, Telus
AT&T 

Certification in progress: Verizon
 
Regulatory CE CE, FCC CE, FCC, GCF, IC, JRF/JPA, NCC, PTCRB  FCC, GCF, IC, NCC, PTCRB
Weight 20g 85g
(26g with casing removed)
85g
(26g with casing removed)
85g
(26g with casing removed)
Antenna internal, optional external antenna 2 external SMA antennas (included) 2 external SMA antennas (included) 2 external SMA antennas (included)

 

Which Modem option should I choose?

You can check here what LTE bands your carrier uses and match this against the supported LTE bands of the modems. In general the "Europe/Asia" variant works - as the name indicates - on most LTE networks in Europe and Asia.

Do I need carrier certification?

Carrier certification of devices is very common in the US and less common in other parts of the world.  All of our modems are "unlocked" and generally work with any carrier that uses the supported LTE bands. That said, some carriers - in the US in particular -  might not offer you a SIM card / contract if you do not use a device that is carrier-certified though. If in doubt, please check with your desired carrier.

What is the "FirstNet™" modem option?

FirstNet uses LTE band 14 and is specifically designed for public safety applications (police, fire brigades, emergency services, etc.). In addition to that it also supports most standard LTE bands. If you do not use the modem on the FirstNet network, you should choose the "global" modem option instead.