Boeing and Airbus join FAA in calling for 5G rollout delay over fear of intervention
Aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus have now added their voice to the siege of federal companies and regulators that are facing increasing tensionsplanned launch for C-Band spectrum in the US.
The battle over the deployment of 5G services on C-Band frequencies began as a conflict between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which approved the use of C-Band spectrum by telecom carriers, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which Opposes the move over fears that the use of a 5G device on that particular area of airspace could disrupt the altimeters that many aircraft use to land automated modes .
Since the beginning of the conflict, a number of growing parties have joined, including CTIA wireless business group. The group is citing a published document which states that several countries around the world have already deployed 5G services on the C-Band spectrum without any dangerous effects on planes flying their flights. areas. The document was posted on the CTIA website which was created to build 5G usage security.
Despite the fact that AT&T and Verizon have already delayed planned 5G deployment over the conflict and continued opposition of the FAA, the FCC and CTIA remain strong in their belief that C-Band deployment is safe. for flight systems. Five former FCC leaders wrote an open letter in support of their position and citing the many investigations that informed the FCC's initial consent for the use of the spectrum.
Now, it appears that the FAA is calling its own supporters, as Reuters reports Boeing and Airbus have sided with the FAA. In a letter to U.S. Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun and Airbus Americas CEO Jeffrey Knittel both urged the Biden administration to support the continued delay of 5G rollout with all carriers involved .
The pair also carried out their own research, citing a study by the Airlines for America (A4A) trade group, which found that 345,000 flights could be delayed, diversified or canceled. travel and 5,400 cargo flights if C-Band 5G had been operational in the 2019 calendar year.
While there are clearly several agendas at work in this conflict and many billions of dollars involved, the regulators and companies involved seem to be at risk. As tensions mount, it is increasingly unlikely that any friendly agreement will be reached before the January 5 delayed launch date for C-Band 5G released by AT&T and Verizon. At this stage, it is unclear whether the telecom operators will make an effort to move forward despite FAA concerns or whether to step back and allow the two federal regulators with an interest in the game to go ahead. out between them.
In any case, as Reuters note that the pilots, passengers, and 5G users who could benefit from using C-Band are trapped in the middle. A representative from the Airline Pilots Association was called by Reuters, calling the ongoing conflict "a major problem for travelers, sailors and the American economy." final solution.