Europe rolled out 5G without hurting aviation

Jan. 20, 2022
The lack of alarm in Europe stands in stark contrast to the US, where airlines have warned of catastrophic consequences for aviation and the economy if super-fast 5G mobile service expands, Charles Riley and Joseph Ataman report for CNN Business.

PARIS - Major international airlines are canceling flights to the United States over aviation industry fears that 5G technology could interfere with crucial onboard instruments. But it's business as usual in Europe, where the latest generation of high speed mobile networks is being rolled out without a hitch, Charles Riley and Joseph Ataman report for CNN BusinessContinue reading original article.

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20 Jan. 2022 - "The technical data received from EU manufacturers offers no conclusive evidence for immediate safety concerns at this time," the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) told CNN Business on Wednesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration is worried that 5G C-band signals, which are yet to be brought online for American cellular customers with 5G devices, may interfere with aircraft radio altimeters.

"At this time, EASA is not aware of any in-service incidents caused by 5G interference," added the regulator, which oversees civil aviation in 31 European countries.

"Any failures or interruptions of [radar altimeters] can ... lead to incidents with catastrophic outcome, potentially resulting in multiple fatalities," the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA) said in 2020.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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