AT&T and Verizon delay 5G rollout after airlines warn of ‘disaster’

AT&T and Verizon have agreed to halt 5G rollouts amid concerns that the signals could confuse pilots and cause a “catastrophic situation”.

The telecom giants reluctantly agreed that they would delay the rollout of C-band 5G technology that was supposed to take place this week.

The airlines involved have pleaded with US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg


The airlines involved have pleaded with US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

It comes after the FAA and pilot unions said they could have to cancel thousands of flights if cellular signals near airports are turned on.

The technology will launch in the United States this Wednesday.

That’s the deadline for the past two years.

The networks are said to have 500 towers which some experts say are too close to the 88 airports across the country.

Most of the concerns are related to the effects of radar altimeter technology that pilots use when trying to land.

President Joe Biden said in a statement: “I want to thank Verizon and AT&T for agreeing to delay 5G rollout around key airports and continue to work with the Department of Transportation on secure 5G rollout in a limited number of locations this.

“This agreement will avoid disruptions that could impact passenger travel, freight operations and our economic recovery, and will allow more than 90% of tower deployments to be deployed.” Wires take place according to schedule.

“This agreement protects flight safety and allows air operations to continue without significant disruption and will bring more high-speed internet options to millions of Americans.”

American Airlines sent a letter, dated January 17, to White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson and Chairman of the National Economic Council. FCC Jessica Rosenworcel.

The letter read.

“This will allow 5G to be deployed while avoiding harmful impacts on the airline industry, public tourism, supply chains, vaccine distribution, our workforce, and the broader economy.” bigger.”

US airlines called for “immediate intervention” to prevent “significant operational disruptions to air passengers, shippers, supply chains and supplies of needed medical supplies.” “

AT&T and Verizon will now have to reach agreements with airlines and pilots so that 5G towers can be safely turned on.

The networks created buffer zones around 50 at-risk airports out of the 88 in question.

The names of the airports without the buffer zone have yet to be revealed.

Airports with buffer zones, which can reduce the impact of 5G on planes, include John F. Kennedy and Los Angeles International.

5G interference will be a big problem in bad weather because the new signals can interfere with equipment on planes and helicopters that monitor aircraft altitudes.

This could disrupt landings in low visibility conditions and lead to delays, diversions and aborts, pilots have warned.

A spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, Dennis Tajer recently told Today’s show: “This is reckless, dangerous and needs to be stopped.

“Take a break. This is about cell phone signals and we’re focused on protecting lives.”

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