The FAA has published a list of fifty American airports including New York JFK airport around which the deployment of 5G has been postponed for six months. AT&T and Verizon are scheduled to begin this rollout everywhere else on January 19.
requested unanimously by the American airlines but also by the manufacturers Boeing and Airbus, due to possible problems of interference between the altimeters of the planes and the new frequency bands allocated for the 5G networks, the postponement for six months of the deployment of the new technology has been accepted by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), around fifty airports, including the largest in the country: in addition to the three around New York (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark) are on the list those in Chicago (O’Hare and Midway), Dallas (Fort Worth and Love Field), Houston (George Bush, Hobby and Ellington), Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle (Tacoma and Boeing Field).
The list also includes Austin, Bedford, Birmingham, Nashville, Burbank, Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Fresno, Fort Lauderdale, Flint, New Haven, Indianapolis, Islip, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Kansas City, Orlando, Harrisburg, McAllen, Minneapolis /St. Paul, Ontario, Everett, West Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Petersburg, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Rochester, San Jose, Santa Ana, St. Louis, Syracuse and Teterboro.
The airports were selected based on several criteria, including proximity to 5G antennas, traffic, and the likelihood of low visibility conditions; according to the FAA, those absent from this list are not immediately affected by the deployment of 5G. The regulator therefore succeeded in reaching an agreement with AT&T and Verizon, who had refused to postpone the launch of this technology already deployed in the rest of the world any longer.
In mid-December, American carriers estimated that deployment could cost passengers up to $1.59 billion a year, through delays and incidents caused by interference…
It will be recalled that in France, the authorities recommended last February to turn off 5G smartphones on board the devices. The “signal jamming by a wave of close frequency and power comparable to or greater than that of radio altimeters” would, according to the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC), cause errors “particularly critical during the instrument landing phases”. The regulator then imposed stride a power limitation on 5G antennas located near the 17 French airports “certified for so-called all-weather landing operations”.