The 5G wireless, or mobile, revolution is here. 5G wireless services are the next generation in mobile services promising faster internet speeds along with better quality streaming and video, and much more. But could 5G wireless actually turn out to be a civilization ending disaster? Airlines are worried that this may very well be the case.
No, this is not like how nutcases like Woody Harrelson went around blaming the installation of 5G wireless towers in China for the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
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Qualcomm explains that 5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices.
5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users. Higher performance and improved efficiency empower new user experiences and connects new industries.
Reuters first revealed that chief executives of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and more sent a letter to White House National Economic Council director Brian Deese, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel explaining their fears that the new 5G wireless could cause chaos for airplanes and their navigation systems.
“Unless our major hubs are cleared to fly, the vast majority of the traveling and the shipping public will essentially be grounded,” read the letter.
The letter also referred to a warning from the Federal Aviation Authority that the 5G wireless could interfere with the tech that planes rely on when flying in low visibility like altimeters. The airlines said that this could mean that on a given day “more than 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers would be subjected to cancellations, diversions or delays.”
The airlines on Monday also said that they were considering whether to begin canceling some international flights that are scheduled to arrive in the United States on Wednesday, the day when 5G wireless goes wide.
“With the proposed restrictions at selected airports, the transportation industry is preparing for some service disruption. We are optimistic that we can work across industries and with government to finalize solutions that safely mitigate as many schedule impacts as possible,” plane maker Boeing (BA.N) said on Monday.
The FAA responded in a statement saying that it will, “continue to keep the traveling public safe as wireless companies deploy 5G” and that it will also continue to “work with the aviation industry and wireless companies to try and limit 5G-related flight delays and cancellations.”