5G technology poses serious threat to airline

5G technology poses serious threat to airline

The implementation of 5G services/5G technology in the United States has led to an aviation crisis. As a result, Air India and other companies have reduced flights to America.

Cause of threat:

  • The US had auctioned mid-range 5G bandwidth to mobile phone companies. This bandwidth is based on the 3.7-3.98 GHz range spectrum.
  • This bandwidth is close to that of air waves used by altimeters. This has raised concerns that 5G radios could adversely interfere with sensitive aircraft electronics such as altimeters.
  • An altimeter is an instrument that measures the altitude of an aircraft from the ground.
  • This interference can prevent the engine and braking system from going into landing mode. This leaves pilots relying solely on their own observations in the event of inclement weather, cloud cover or heavy fog.

Possible solutions to this technical concern:

  • Laying low frequency standards for 5G services. For example, the 5G range in the European Union is set at 3.4-3.8 GHz.
  • Incorporation of a buffer band to separate new 5G signals from those used by radar altimeters.

Source – The Hindu


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