Barbara Pareglio

Executive Director for Connectivity for Aviation and IoT Technical Director


Barbara has been leading the GSMA Drone Interest Group for the last few years, to investigate and help the mobile industry to create a trusted solution for commercial unmanned aircraft. Exploring features and capabilities of 4G and 5G needed for the aviation. Since 2014, she has been the technical lead for the GSMA Internet of Things, working on several aspects of IoT for different industries. Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the mobile industry. Before joining the GSMA, Barbara worked in R&D in several areas of telecommunications, including Intelligent Networks, IMS, Service Enabling and M2M/IoT. She also participates in, and actively contributed to, several standards.

Barbara is one of the founders of the “Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity”, a joint initiative between GSMA and GUTMA, the Global Unmanned Traffic Management Association. She is also the Programme Manager for ACJA and Chair of the ACJA’s Decision Board. She actively contributed to JARUS on the mobile connectivity white paper and she is also part of the advisory board for 5G!Drones.  


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18 November 2021 | 12:40 - 13:40 | What 5G will mean for the future drone operations

5G promises to transform drone operations by adding new levels of IoT connectivity – leading to more robust command and control, safer airspace management and huge increases in the amount payload data downloads. A recent study published by the GSMA highlights a minimum of eight different use cases in which drone operators would benefit from connectivity and end-to-end service provision. When and where will these first appear?

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