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Why aviation and telecom companies like Verizon and AT&T are warring over the rollout of 5G, which opponents say can lead to flight delays and cancellations

Why aviation and telecom companies like Verizon and AT&T are warring over the rollout of 5G, which opponents say can lead to flight delays and cancellations
Aviation is rallying against the current rollout of 5G communications.Shutterstock.com


Airlines and aircraft manufacturers are raising concerns over the rollout of 5G communications.A 




The current 5G rollout may affect an aircraft's radio altimeter, used to determine altitude above ground level in critical scenarios such as landings.A A 




The wireless communication industry is holding firm on a January rollout for 5G.A 


The new year is bringing new challenges for the aviation industry.A Telecommunications giants are planning the long-awaited rollout of 5G communications aimed at improving wireless connectivity in the US. But the plan is meeting strong pushback from the airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and aviation trade organizations that say 5G may adversely impact aviation safety.A One key issue is how the deployment of 3.7-3.98 GHz 5G C-Band communications will affect radar altimeters on aircraft, also known as radio altimeters.The Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics describes radio altimeters as "the only sensor onboard a civil aircraft which provides a direct measurement of the clearance height of the aircraft over the terrain or other obstacles."A 
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