The new C-Band strand AT&T-Verizon 5G network emits strong signals that may interfere with altimeters, especially on Boeing 777. The telecommunication company has delayed the 5G rollout around airports in response. Still, many foreign and domestic companies which rely on Boeing 777 are canceling or rescheduling their flights.
The Problem With 5G Is Limited to the US
Even though the introduction of the technology was followed by controversy about it affecting radio signal technology such as GPS navigation and similar, the concerns proved to be unsubstantiated.
The 5G network doesn’t cause similar problems in the rest of the world.
But the FAA is concerned that the C-Band strand of 5G could interfere with radio altimeters in the US, especially on Boeing 777. The main reason is the signal strength. In rural areas of the US, the regulations allow much stronger signals, which causes a problem since many airports are outside metro areas. The FAA will conduct further tests and give its ruling.
Companies That Mainly Operate Boeing 777 Are Taking the Hardest Blow
Emirates, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Air India, Korean Air, Taiwan’s EVA Air, Delta Air Lines, and many more have issued statements about rescheduling or canceling flights to and across the US. Companies with several aircraft types can simply send other airplanes to the US. Unfortunately, some companies rely solely on Boeing 777s, so they don’t have that option.
AT&T Has Postponed Its New Technology Rollout Around Airports
In response to the growing concern, the communication giant has postponed the introduction of its C-Band 5G network around airports. However, the companies are still concerned and are rescheduling and canceling their flights. So if you are planning a trip, getting travel insurance is recommended.