Drones are being utilised to boost mobile network performance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL American football franchise.

The drones are being operated by telecommunications company AT&T, the 80,000-capacity stadium’s naming rights sponsor.

Art Pregler, the director of AT&T’s drone programme, has said that the drones will collect data that will allow engineers to understand what the user experience will be like from all corners of the stadium.

The drone “inspections” will take place before major events at the stadium in order to see if changes need to be made to the network in certain parts of the venue.

“Adding capacity is like adding more lanes to our network highway so cellular traffic can flow faster and more smoothly,” Pregler said.

The AT&T drone programme is available in any sports facility serviced by the telco, according to the My San Antonio news service.