US support to delay the deployment of 5G networks near airports

US lawmakers on Monday advocated postponing the deployment of 5G networks near airports. This came when the heads of major American airlines warned of catastrophic disruptions in the transportation and shipping sectors. in case of fifth generation networks functioning, Wednesday, as scheduled, without setting up controls for transmitting stations located near US airports.

Verizon and AT&T have twice postponed the launch of the new 5G C-Band service due to warnings from airlines and aircraft manufacturers concerned that the new communications system could interfere with devices used by aircraft to measure altimeters.

“We are writing to you urgently to request that 5G networks operate everywhere in the country except about two miles from the airport runways, as defined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FDI) on January 19,” the company chiefs said. in a letter seen by AFP January 2022.

economic disaster

The letter addressed to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and government officials warned of an “economic catastrophe” if Verizon and AT&T continued to implement the new technology before the necessary updates and changes were made to the flight equipment.

And the Federal Aviation Administration announced on Sunday that it had given its approval to operate some broadcasting stations within the areas in which the fifth generation will be deployed, since “up to 48 of the airports most affected by frequency interference out of 88” have been in safety .

But airlines fear that the lack of measures covering all airports could cause serious inconvenience, including the halting of thousands of flights, which could halt commercial traffic in the country.

action required

The letter called on authorities to “take all necessary steps to ensure that 5G is not deployed when the towers are too close to the airport runways, until the FAA can determine how to do so. in safety and without catastrophic interruptions “.

The letter was signed by the CEOs of the airlines “American”, “United”, “Delta” and “Southwest”, as well as by the shipping giants “FedEx” and “UPS”.

Verizon and AT&T have won billions of dollars in contracts to operate 5G networks in the United States, but the project was delayed twice due to warnings from airlines and aircraft manufacturers.

In case in if an agreement is not reached with the airlines or the federal authorities stop the work of the telecommunications companies, the fifth generation service is expected to be activated nationwide on January 19.

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