AT&T and Verizon Communications have concluded to employ new measures to promote safety Precautions to tackle concerns about the planned use of C-Band spectrum for 5G connectivity.
This was revealed after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the aviation sector raised eyebrows amidst concerns that 5G rollout would invariably interfere with critical aircraft electronics such as radio altimeters.
AT&T and Verizon claimed they had agreed to take calculated steps to limit energy emanating from 5G base stations both worldwide and to an even larger extent around public airports and heliports for the next six months. Saying it would address “concerns concerning radio altimeter performance.”
The FAA had earlier in the month issued a notice of warning that action may be required to address potential 5G interference, AT&T and Verizon agreed to postpone the commercial launch of C-band cellular service until January 5.
AT&T and Verizon said they would stall on the technology for the next six months to put in additional efforts to reduce energy originating from 5G base stations globally and to a larger extent, the amount surrounding public airports and heliports.
There is speculation that by next month the FAA might issue an emergency directive to airlines, according to two House Democrats, which could entail “draconian but essential restrictions on many types of critical flight operations.” Adding that
Reports say While new evidence from radio altimeter manufacturers is evaluated,” AT&T stated it will adopt the safeguards. Even though there is no credible proof of a valid interference problem, we agreed to take these additional procedures to satisfy the FAA’s safety concerns.
By early December, the FAA might issue an emergency directive to airlines, and two House Democrats have warned that it could contain “draconian but essential limits on many types of critical aircraft operations.”
“While more evidence from radio altimeter makers is analyzed,” AT&T stated it was adopting the precautions. Even though there is no credible proof of a valid interference problem, we agreed to take these extra steps to satisfy the FAA’s safety concerns.”