As the Federal Aviation Administration continues to examine whether mid-range 5G spectrum could pose a risk to aircraft security systems, Verizon and AT&T have proposed reducing power from 5G cell towers for a six-month period. in order to allay the concerns of the industry. Both operators are preparing to launch crucial upgrades to their respective 5G networks using the spectrum acquired during the C-band auction. This will lead to more robust 5G connectivity and faster speeds compared to the basic 5G experience that Verizon and AT&T currently offer.
In early November, the two companies agreed to postpone the rollout for another month until January 2022. In a letter sent to the FCC today, they made it clear that they would move forward with the launch. expected of mid-range 5G at that time. . “This spectrum will be the backbone of our 5G networks for many years to come,” the companies said in the letter, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
In support of the technology, Verizon and AT&T highlight years of research into potential interference and note that mid-range 5G has not wreaked havoc on flights in other countries where mid-band 5G is. already in place. “While we remain convinced that 5G poses no risk to aviation safety, we also appreciate the Federal Aviation Administration’s desire for further analysis of this issue.”
To help avoid a protracted conflict with the FAA, both carriers say they will voluntarily take additional precautions until July 2022 “to minimize energy from 5G base stations – both nationally and to an even greater degree around public airports and helipads. This should be enough to ‘allay concerns about radio altimeter performance,’ the companies said, while maintaining strong performance for wireless customers. Altimeters can help aircraft operators during landings, especially when landing. they face poor visibility conditions.
It is not yet clear whether the proposal will be accepted by the FAA, which warned pilots of the possibility that “interference from 5G transmitters and other technologies could cause some safety equipment to malfunction, requiring them to take mitigation measures that could affect flight operations. “After July 6, the two carriers said they would return everything to normal” unless there is credible evidence that real-world interference would occur if the mitigation measures were relaxed. ”
“Our use of this spectrum will dramatically expand the reach and capabilities of the nation’s next generation 5G networks, advancing U.S. leadership and bringing tremendous benefits to consumers and the U.S. economy,” Verizon and AT&T said in their report. joint letter sent to the president of the FCC. Jessica Rosenworcel.