Latvian mobile network LMT has partnered with airBaltic to further develop BVLOS drone operations in Latvia and test its network to make sure it’s suitable for long-distance BVLOS drone flights. The announcement comes a few months after drones began deliveries in the country.

The new partnership will foresee a joined development of various drone solutions overseen by general aviation and LMT’s learning program for drone pilots. Both companies will also collaborate on testing the mobile network coverage in the air space.

An estimated 70% of all commercial drone operations will be beyond the pilot’s visual line of sight (BVLOS). They can get goods to locations much farther away and with complex flight routes, making the two companies’ work even more important.

Ingmārs Pūķis, vice president of LMT, said:

We’re eagerly working to turn drone flights BVLOS and autonomous drone operations into a common reality. An uninterrupted connection with the drone throughout…