Companies expect "chaos" as it spreads near airports

Companies expect “chaos” as it spreads near airports

The chiefs of ten US airlines warned US authorities on Monday of the potential “chaos” that Wednesday’s planned deployment of ultra-fast 5G mobile internet technology could present around airports. “An immediate response is required to prevent significant operational disruption to passengers, carriers, supply chains and the delivery of essential medical supplies,” they write two days before 5G’s scheduled entry into service.

Industry players in the United States are concerned about the consequences of 5G on aircraft due to potential disruptions to the devices on board. “On a day like yesterday (Sunday), more than 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers will experience cancellations, detours or delays,” the chiefs of American Airlines, Delta, or even Southwest, but also logistics giant FedEx departments in particular fear. and UPS. “Frankly, the nation’s trade will stop,” they said.

“economic disaster”

“Given the short time remaining and the importance of this completely preventable economic disaster, we respectfully request that you support and take all necessary measures to deploy 5G except when the towers are very close to airport runways,” they ask the US government, the Air Safety Agency, and the Federal Aviation Administration. The Communications Policeman, FCC.

So they want a pause, “so that the FAA can determine how this deployment can be accomplished safely without catastrophic disruption.” The Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday that it has approved certain repeaters to be safely used in areas where 5G will be deployed, clearing “up to 48 of the 88 airports directly affected by C-band interference from 5G.”

New frequency bands

At the beginning of January, the airlines had a new deadline, until Wednesday, to publish the new frequency bands. They, through their union Airlines 4 America, have threatened to sue telecom giants AT&T and Verizon for this delay and technical adjustments in deploying the latest generation of high-speed mobile internet.

The 3.7-3.8 GHz frequency bands were awarded to AT&T and Verizon in February 2021 after a bidding process worth tens of billions of dollars. Amid concerns about potential interference issues with aircraft altimeters, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued new guidelines that limit the use of these devices on aircraft in certain situations.

Airbus and Boeing worry

But US airlines protested the potential costs incurred, and called on the authorities to find a quick solution. In December, European aircraft manufacturers Airbus and US Boeing expressed “concern” about potential disruptions to devices on board their planes with 5G, in a letter to the US Department of Transportation.

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