Big-tech say no to 5G postponement
Request made by FAA. It will enter in service on January 5th
US telecommunications companies AT&T and Verizon will involve temporary restrictions, but have rejected the solicitation from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that had asked -for aviation safety reasons- to delay by 14 days the introduction of the new 5G wireless service, scheduled for January 5th 2022. Concerns over potential interference with aviation technology did not convince the industry's two big-tech companies, which already agreed in December to postpone the service's launch by a month.
"The laws of physics are the same in the United States and France. If US airlines are allowed to operate flights every day in France, the same operating conditions should allow them to do so in the United States", Verizon Ceo Hans Vestberg and At&T Ceo John Stankey wrote in a joint letter yesterday. The two added that their companies together have spent more than 80 billion dollars to buy 5G spectrum from the government and billions more to launch the service.
"Failure to reach a solution by January 5 will force the US aviation industry to take steps to protect the safety of travellers. Unacceptable disruptions as planes are diverted to other cities or flights are cancelled". This had been the last request made jointly by the US Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.
However, the two companies have made it known that they will continue their collaboration with FAA. This will materialize with the introduction by the two big-tech, starting this week and for the next six months, the so-called exclusion zones around airports, as already happens in France. All this in order not to interfere with aircraft electronics.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency