U.S. officials have asked telecom operators AT&T and Verizon to delay their 5G networks by two weeks. The decision follows protests by the U.S. Department of Civil Aviation over fears that 5G wireless signals could disrupt equipment on planes and helicopters.
Two major U.S. telecommunications companies, AT&T and Verizon, received approval on January 5 from the FCC, an American trade union, to provide 5G services in the United States. But the aviation sector has been protesting. Airlines say the new wireless signals could interfere with the altitude of aircraft and helicopters. This, among other things, makes it impossible to land in bad view. Airlines for America, the trade union, fears $ 2.1 billion in damage from delays, diversions and cancellations.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Boutique and US Civil Aviation Authority Chairman Steve Dixon are now proposing to delay the 5G launch by two weeks. They have officially requested this in a letter to the two telecom companies involved on Friday.
Boutique and Dixon promise in a letter that 5G could launch in January, although there will be some exceptions for areas around major airports.
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