Delta Air has recently completed the necessary upgrades to its aircraft equipment. This development signals the end of fears that 5G signals could lead to significant air-traffic disruptions.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Friday warned of potential delays from July 1 for airplanes that have yet to adapt their radio altimeters to 5G C-band interference.
Airlines are struggling to meet a deadline to upgrade equipment that 5G networks could interfere with.
“The sky is no longer a limit when it comes to possibilities offered by super-fast, high-capacity connectivity,” Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, told European media.
Tech company Honeywell International Inc. announced on Monday that it would introduce technology that could increase supplies of ethanol-based aviation fuel with lower carbon emissions, coinciding with the Biden administration’s calls for the aviation sector to cut emissions.
Verizon and AT&T have voluntarily agreed to defer some C-Band 5G usage until July 2023, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as air carriers strive to adapt planes to ensure they do not face interference.
The next-generation network has been welcomed with open arms by more than half of the population of the developed world, which is familiar with the advantages of 5G. Europe has thus implemented the new technology and launched 5G networks without a hitch, and it is also widely used in the East, especially in China, where 5G is widely accepted.
In a joint open letter, the executives of U.S. telecommunications companies Verizon and AT&T rejected the request from the federal government to delay their planned January 5 launch of 5G services for two weeks. The companies did, however, agree not to set up a 5G network near air-ports for a six-month period, but believe it would be irresponsible to delay the development of the global economy due to unfounded fears of the aviation industry.