Sadly, we aren’t speaking concerning the farm animal

Huge-open rural fields are the trademark of america. That kind of land is prime territory for farming, nevertheless it’s not so good for locating a dependable 5G sign. For its half, AT&T is bringing sooner knowledge speeds to rural America the one approach it is aware of how: by Flying COWs deployed the place they’re most wanted.

In the event you did not guess from the capitalization used, Flying COWs aren’t taken straight out of Tornado. It is a drone — COW stands for “Cell On Wings” — used to deploy sturdy cell protection in areas the place it is unavailable. AT&T has been utilizing these COWs for years, launching them in emergency conditions to carry 4G LTE knowledge to prospects who may want to put telephone calls or attain out to family members.


This week marked the primary time the service has activated a 5G-powered Flying COW, this time opting to take action in a non-emergency space. As a substitute, AT&T selected a discipline in Missouri populated primarily by cows and different barnyard animals. In keeping with the corporate, it was an area that, till this week, was solely coated by a weak 4G sign. This new Flying COW activated 5G knowledge as quickly because it hit the skies, no cell towers required, blanketing about 10 sq. miles in protection.

Some cute advertising, for certain, nevertheless it’s eye-catching nonetheless. As we transfer into summer season — a season stuffed with each large festivals and the ever-growing danger of pure disasters — having a transportable drone hotspot able to boosting and supplying a secure, constant knowledge connection might make the subsequent few months quite a bit safer. In the meantime, it is unclear what these non-flying cows plan to do with their new drone, although I assume they’re binging by the most recent season of Stranger Issues as we converse.