5G in the C band, its US launch tomorrow: carriers expect ‘mess’

After a two week break Requested and obtained by the Federal Aviation AdministrationServices will be launched in the US starting tomorrow 5G in band C. Able to offer higher performance and transfer speeds. The launch, which, according to the leaders of major US airlines, including Delta and United, could lead to “catastrophic disruptions” in the economy and hamper many Americans abroad.

Let’s reconstruct the facts. AT&T and Verizon, the two largest mobile phone companies in the United States, plan to launch their company 5G services December 5th, last year, But they had to postpone this launch for a month To permit all necessary flight safety checks and possible interference it may cause.

Precisely in this sense, the FAA expressed itself at the end of the year, which, having already highlighted the problems caused by the high frequencies of 5G in the C-band, once again raised concerns about the potential interference that could exist with some sensitive instruments. Equipped with aircraft, including wireless altimeters that assist pilots in low visibility operations.

AT&T and Verizon initially rejected a later request from the organizers to delay the launch for another two weeks, until January 19, but then agreed to do so.

During this time, the FAA has issued some updated guidance which states that flight manuals for planes and helicopters be revised in order to prohibit certain operations that require data generated by these tools in the presence of 5G signals in the C band., furthermore and Buffer zones planned around 50 airports 5G antennas are located near runways, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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All this, according to the airlines, will not be enough to prevent service outages. So said the CEOs of eleven airlines, both passenger and cargo, as of tomorrow A large number of aircraft can remain on the ground With the ensuing “chaos” that would prevent thousands of American citizens abroad from returning.

“Unless our major hubs are allowed to fly, the vast majority of travelers and mariners will essentially remain ashore indefinitely. The country’s trade will cease.”

In the past few hours, airlines have already been considering whether or not to start canceling some upcoming flights starting Wednesday, January 19.

For their part, AT&T and Verizon refute these arguments by saying that C-band spectrum is already used in many countries, including France, without any kind of air interference.

“The laws of physics are the same in both the US and France. If US airlines are allowed to operate daily flights to France, the same operating conditions should allow them to do so in the US.”

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