Last February, the two largest telecom operators in the United States, AT&T and Verizon, spent $76 billion to buy midrange spectrum so they could start offering 5G services.
After spending billions more to set up the infrastructure for internet speeds 10 times faster than 4G, carriers were preparing to launch the service in December. But this date was first pushed back to January 5 and then brought back to January 19. This delay was due to fears that the newly purchased set of radio frequencies, called CBand, could interfere with an essential aircraft tool that helps pilots land an aircraft.
A day before the new technology goes into service, US airlines warned of a catastrophic aviation crisis that could render a number of jumbo jets inoperable and strand thousands of Americans in the air. foreigner.
The panic came to a head when international airlines such as Air India, Emirates and Japan Airlines canceled flights to some US cities that were due to arrive on January 19, citing uncertainties over the 5G rollout. Let’s try to understand what concerns the aviation sector.