The CEOs of the world’s two largest plane manufacturers have urged the US government to postpone the introduction of new 5G phone services.
According to BBC, In a letter, top executives at Boeing and Airbus warned that the technology could have “an enormous negative impact on the aviation industry.”
Concerns have previously been raised that C-Band spectrum 5G wireless could interfere with aircraft electronics. US telecoms giants AT&T and Verizon are due to deploy 5G services on 5 January.
“5G interference could adversely affect the ability of aircraft to safely operate,” said the bosses of Boeing and Airbus Americas, Dave Calhoun and Jeffrey Knittel, in a joint letter to US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
The letter cited research by trade group Airlines for America which found that if the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 5G rules had been in effect in 2019, about 345,000 passenger flights and 5,400 cargo flights would have faced delays, diversions or cancellations.
“Airbus and Boeing have been working with other aviation industry stakeholders in the US to understand potential 5G interference with radio altimeters. An Aviation Safety Proposal to mitigate potential risks has been submitted for consideration to the US Department of Transportation.”Airbus said in a statement.
BBC further reported that his month, the FAA issued airworthiness directives warning 5G interference could result in flight diversions, saying it would provide more information before the 5 January rollout date.
Aviation industry organizations have complained the measures are insufficient, and Boeing and Airbus have proposed a counterproposal that would limit cellular signals near airports and other important sites.
“A delay will cause real harm. Pushing back deployment one year would subtract $50bn in economic growth, just as our nation recovers and rebuilds from the pandemic.”CTIA chief executive Meredith Attwell Baker said in a blog post
Furthermore, the 5G giants AT&T and Verizon said in November that they would postpone the commercial debut of C-band cellular service until January 5th, and that they would take preventive measures to limit interference.