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AT&T Inc. & Verizon’s 5G Service Delayed On Some Airwaves After U.S. Aviation Regulators Raise Concerns

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) delay the rollout of the fast 5G service on some airwaves after U.S. aviation regulators raised concerns it might interfere with aircraft electronics. The agencies confirmed a 30-day delay to Jan. 5.

“Today Verizon and AT&T announced that they will voluntarily pause commercial launch” of the service “to further assess any impact on aviation safety technologies,” the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Communications Commission said in a joint statement.

The 5G spectrum is near radio signals used by radar altimeters, devices that measure how close an aircraft is to the ground. Radar altimeters are used on planes and helicopters for multiple critical safety functions, anti-collision warnings, including landing when visibility is low, and systems that warn pilots when they inadvertently get too low. Also, some commercial helicopter flights can’t operate without a working radar altimeter. The FAA bulletin also raised that the passengers should be reminded to place any 5G device into airplane mode or switch them off during flight, and any signs of interference should be notified to the agency.

Last year in a report, a Washington-based nonprofit, RTCA Inc. that studies technical aviation concluded the potential for interference created a safety hazard. It found “significant impacts throughout the approach with the potential for catastrophic effects.” However, the FAA bulletin informed there have been no confirmed reports of interference.

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(Read Original Story: ATT, Verizon Delay 5G Rollout by a Month on Air-Safety Concerns in Bloomberg)


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