AT&T and Verizon have scaled back the 5G rollout after several prominent airlines from Japan, India, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) canceled their flights across US cities sighting concerns regarding the deployment of 5G.
On Tuesday, Jan 18th, Air India canceled their flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport.
This was followed by Emirates canceling flights to 9 or more US cities, Japan Airlines, and All Nippon canceling at least 13 flights.
Why are the airlines concerned?
Reportedly the Airlines and FAA had voiced their concerns about the C-band 5G potentially disturbing airline instruments, such as radio altimeters, which assists pilots to land in low visibility.
Reportedly the frequency used for the 5G wireless services is close to the operational frequency of some of the altimeters.
The airlines had previously requested a two-mile buffer zone around US airports to avoid this interface. However, FAA and FCC have not been able to resolve this deadlock for several years now.
Where do we stand now with the 5G rollout?
AT&T and Verizon have finally postponed the 5G rollout planned to happen on Wednesday after Airlines for America warned the White House this week that American commerce would “grind to a halt” and “the vast majority of traveling and shipping public will essentially be grounded” unless the deployment was delayed.
This means that on a day like yesterday, more than 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers would be subjected to cancellations, diversions, or delays,” said Airlines for America
Even though the delay is another disappointment to the advancement and a further setback to AT&T and Verizon, the safety of the people is a bigger concern and has to be prioritized by all means.
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