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US News United States: Does the 5G threaten air traffic around airports?

12:57  18 january  2022
12:57  18 january  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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The 10 biggest US airlines have warned that the impending switch-on of 5 G mobile phone services will cause "major disruption" to flights. They said the start of Verizon and AT&T 5 G mobile phone services, planned for Wednesday, would cause a "completely avoidable economic calamity". "We further ask that the FAA immediately identify those base stations closest to key airport runways that need to be addressed to ensure safety and avoid disruption," they added. These concerns were recently highlighted by the two big planemakers, Airbus and Boeing, in a rare joint warning.

US telecoms giants AT&T and Verizon are due to deploy 5 G services on 5 January. " 5 G interference could adversely affect the ability of aircraft to safely operate," said the bosses of Boeing and Airbus Americas, Dave Calhoun and Jeffrey Knittel, in a joint letter to US Transportation Secretary Pete Aviation industry groups have said the measures did not go far enough, with Boeing and Airbus saying they made a counterproposal that would limit cellular transmissions around airports and other critical areas. Last week, United Airlines chief executive Scott Kirby said the FAA's 5 G directives would bar

Antenne modifiée pour la 5G à Orem (Utah) en décembre 2019 (image d'illustration). © George Frey AFP / file modified antenna for 5G to OREM (Utah) in December 2019 (image of illustration).

Mobile phone users are eager to use it, but airlines are much less impatient to see the 5G deployed. A dozen of them call on the US government to do everything to delay its deployment around airports.

with our correspondent in Washington, Guillaume Naudin

a new delay. This is what passenger transport companies like those of the giants of logistics. Because it would not be the first. The Telecom Giants At & T and Verizon had already accepted two weeks ago, until Wednesday, January 19, the deployment of their network, including near airports.

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3 agreed to buffer zones around 50 airports to reduce interference risks and take other steps to cut potential interference for six months. They also agreed to delay deployment for two weeks until Wednesday, temporarily averting an aviation safety standoff, after previously delaying service by 30 days. "Immediate intervention is needed to avoid significant operational disruption to air passengers, shippers, supply chain and delivery of needed medical supplies," they said. The airlines added that flight restrictions will not be limited to poor weather operations.

The bosses of ten American airlines expressed alarm to the United States authorities on Monday about the potential “chaos” that the deployment of ultra-fast 5 G mobile internet technology around airports would represent, in a letter obtained by AFP. “Given the short time remaining and the significance of this completely avoidable economic calamity, we respectfully request that you support and take all necessary actions to have 5 G deployed with the exception of when the towers are too close to the tarmacs. airports ,” they ask the US government, the air safety agency, the FAA, and the telecoms

Interference

What carriers fear is that these powerful antennas interfere with the instruments of some planes, nailing them on the ground. "To be honest, the nation's trade will stop net," said companies, which cite pell-out disturbances for passengers but also the problems of deliveries of essential medical supplies in time of pandemic. In recent weeks, flight cancellations are already very numerous because of the Omicron wave that touches crews, but also because of the winter weather.

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The US Air Safety Agency had recommended suspending the use of certain instruments. The companies had insurgent against the potential costs induced by this decision. AT & T and Verizon have probably at the top another cost: $ 80 billion. It was spent last year by the telecom sector in auction to obtain valuable frequencies. At this price, these large networks hope for a significant return on investment and possible fast.

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