Telecoms may move 5G towers closer to the airports

The major US telecom companies AT&T and Verizon can still place their cell towers for 5G networks a little closer to airports than previously thought without compromising air traffic. According to the US aviation authority FAA, they will not cause disruption to sensitive equipment in aircraft, a new statement from the regulator says.

The aviation industry has been in turmoil for some time over the rollout of 5G networks in the United States. These can pose a danger because those networks may interfere with the radio altimeter that is present in every aircraft. When landing without good visibility, pilots must be able to rely on those altimeters, but some types of those altimeters use virtually the same frequency as the 5G networks.

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