Telecom company BT Group has released new research indicating the UK needs to take steps to catch up with other nations currently leaving it behind in terms of drone operation and service readiness – a somewhat counterintuitive finding given the nation’s innovative aerial efforts over the past couple of years.

Businesses in the UK have been quite active both individually and collectively in forging ahead with plans to prepare new drone activities – some representing visionary thinking in terms of small craft aviation operation. But the BT Group-commissioned study by research company GSMA Intelligence shows the nation lagging behind others in terms of pragmatic preparations to unleash UAV activity. 

The research identified a major sticking point in that as being – wait for it – a confounding regulatory landscape.

Read: UK UAV group urges rapid expansion of BVLOS drone activities

The money line in the study is that “many…