AT & T and Verizon yesterday agreed to partially delay the activation of 5G networks following a protest from a U.S. airline that warned that deployment could lead to travel disruptions. ..
The latest delay occurred after the CEO of the largest US airline warned the day before the “catastrophic disruption” of travel and delivery operations if today’s deployment went according to plan.
Telecom giants spent tens of billions of dollars last year to get a 5G license, but as the launch date approaches, groups in the aviation industry may interfere with airplane altimeters that can operate at the same frequency. Expressed concern about.
AT & T described the latest delays as voluntary and temporary, and a spokesperson, in collaboration with the aviation industry and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), “provides detailed information on the deployment of 5G. Hasn’t used it for two years, so we plan this deployment responsibly. “
“Except for this limited number of towers temporarily, we are launching advanced 5G services elsewhere as planned.”
A Verizon spokeswoman said today that it will launch 5G services for about 90 million Americans, but the company has voluntarily decided to limit 5G networks around the airport. “.
“The Federal Aviation Administration and our airlines have not been able to completely resolve 5G navigation around the airport, despite being safe and fully operational in more than 40 other countries.”
The announcement was welcomed by President Joe Biden. “We will enable more than 90% of our wireless tower deployments to run on time, while avoiding the potential for catastrophic disruption to passenger travel, freight transportation, and economic recovery,” he said in a statement. Said.
Verizon and AT & T have already launched a new C-band 5G service with warnings from airlines and aircraft manufacturers concerned that the new system may interfere with the devices used by airplanes to measure altitude 2 I’m delaying it.
The FAA said on Sunday that it approved transponders that operate safely in areas where 5G will be deployed, “clearing 48 of the 88 airports most directly affected by 5GC band interference.”
However, airlines are concerned that the remaining restrictions at these airports, as well as the large number of uncertified equipment, could pose a crisis of stopping thousands of flights.
Airline executives told authorities that “5G will be deployed until the FAA can determine how it can be safely achieved without catastrophic disruption, unless the tower is too close to the airport runway. Take the necessary steps to achieve this. “
The letter was signed by the CEOs of major airlines such as American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines, as well as the leaders of shipping giants FedEx and UPS.
US airlines are also protesting possible costs.
In a letter to employees prior to the announcement of Verizon and AT & T, American Airlines executives warned of a “serious operational disruption” due to the deployment of 5G.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/708236/AT-T-Verizon-agree-5G-delay-at-some-airports AT & T agrees to delay 5G at some airports