This week, two of the largest US phone companies rejected a government proposal to delay the launch of 5G services.This week, two of the largest US phone companies rejected a government proposal to delay the launch of 5G services.
The request was made by US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the Federal Aircraft Administration (FAA) due to concerns about aviation safety. AT&T and Verizon, on the other hand, have stated that they will put in place interim measures.
Plane manufacturers have warned that 5G wireless radiation in the C-Band frequency may interfere with sensitive aircraft systems and disrupt flights. The chief executives of AT&T and Verizon said in a joint letter that the idea to postpone the launch of 5G services for a fortnight, which is set to begin on January 5, would be “an irresponsible surrender of the operating control required to launch 5G services.”
However, they also stated that they will not implement 5G around airports for six months as France has done. “Physical laws are the same in the United States and France,” the letter stated. “If US airlines are allowed to operate flights every day in France, then the same operational standards should allow them to do so in the US,” it added.
However, the FAA stated that conditions in France are different, such as telecom firms operating in that country using lower power levels for 5G than are permitted in the US. The aviation industry and the FAA have already expressed worry about potential 5G interference with aircraft equipment such as radio altitude meters
Last month, the CEOs of the world’s two largest plane manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, wrote to Mr. Buttigieg, warning that “5G interference could significantly damage aircraft’s ability to operate safely.” According to the letter, if the FAA’s 5G guidelines had been in place in 2019, about 345,000 passenger flights and 5,400 cargo planes would have experienced delays, diversions, or cancellations.
The airline sector encouraged the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the telecom industry to collaborate with the FAA and aviation companies and warned that if the FCC does not act by Monday, it will go to court.
An FCC representative said on Sunday that the agency is “optimistic that by working together, we can both promote the wireless economy and maintain aircraft safety.”