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AT&T, Verizon to Delay Turning on 5G Near Certain Airports

The announcement comes one day ahead of the planned deployment which has raised concerns by government and aviation officials

Liz Hughes

January 18, 2022

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AT&T and Verizon will delay turning on 5G near certain airports, the companies announced Tuesday afternoon, one day ahead of the planned deployment which has raised concerns by government and aviation officials

“We have voluntarily decided to limit our 5G network around airports,” Verizon said in a statement.

It is unclear which airports will be impacted by the announcement.

Airline industry CEOs have been vocal about the impact of 5G on the industry warning of a “catastrophic” aviation crisis as they said 5G service could interfere with the sensitive aircraft instruments used in low-visibility landings. 

The deployment of 5G brings with it new combinations of power levels, frequencies, proximity to airline operations and other factors. In December, the airlines warned 5G could wreak havoc on landing in bad weather.

 

About the Author(s)

Liz Hughes

Editor, IoT World Today, IoT World Today

Liz Hughes is an award-winning digital media editor with more than two decades of experience in newspaper, magazine and online media industries. 

A proven digital media strategist and editor, Liz has produced content and offered editorial support and leadership for a variety of web publications, including Fast Company, NBC Boston, Street Fight, QuinStreet, WTWH Media, AOL/Patch Media and Design News.

A skilled social media strategist experienced in developing and maintaining an audience across multiple platforms and brands, Liz also enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise to help businesses small and large.

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