Boeing, airlines: ‘significant time’ needed to resolve 5G spectrum issue

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WASHINGTON, Nov 9 (Businesshala) – The aviation industry told the White House on Tuesday It will take a “significant amount of time” to ensure that it is safe for major US wireless companies to access C-band spectrum 5G communication.

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In a letter sent to the White House, Boeing Company (BA.N), Airbus SE (AIR.PA), American airlines, pilots and others called on the Biden administration and the Federal Communications Commission to help them with aviation and telecommunications (FCC) is required. Industries reach acceptable minimization.”

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Last week, AT&T Inc. (TN) and Verizon Communications (VZ.N) agreed to delay the commercial launch of C-band wireless service by a month from December 5 to early January.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a bulletin last week warning manufacturers, operators and pilots that action may be needed to address potential interference with sensitive aircraft electronics due to 5G deployments.

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The FAA said that operators “should be prepared for the possibility that interference from 5G transmitters and other technology could damage certain safety equipment, requiring them to take mitigating action that could affect flight operations.” Is.”

Officials said the White House did not immediately comment, but has been heavily involved in the issue — and even reviewed the FAA security bulletin, approved for release, officials said.

The letter states that the aerospace industry will work to develop new standards, equipment and aircraft/helicopter integration solutions, but that they “require a more detailed knowledge of C-band deployment and will take a significant amount of time to ensure that they are met by the FAA.” meet the strong security requirements of

The letter urged the White House to work with the FCC and FAA “to convene a joint industry working group and continue to delay deployment” until air safety is ensured.

“There have not yet been proven reports of harmful interference caused by wireless broadband operations internationally,” the bulletin said.

The wireless trade group CTIA states that 5G networks can safely use C-band spectrum “without harmful interference to aviation equipment”, and cites a number of active 5G networks in 40 countries that use this spectrum band. Gave.

Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington Editing by Matthew Lewis

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