FAA Proposes 5G-Safe For All U.S. Aircraft Carriers By 2024

At a glance

  • Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen said last year the agency believes it has identified a path for aviation and 5G C-band wireless to “safely co-exist.”
  • “[R]adio altimeters cannot be relied upon to perform their intended function if they experience interference from wireless broadband operations,” the FAA said, adding it would require “limitations prohibiting certain operations requiring radio altimeter data when in the presence of 5G C-Band interference.”
  • Aviation industry heads and 5G mobile carriers in the U.S. have been struggling to resolve the frequency overlap issue for years, which led to FAA officials blocking signals in temporary buffer zones last year at 50 different airports nationwide.

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