Emirates’ president has called the 5G flop the ‘most delinquent and irresponsible mess’ in his 50-year career and blamed the Biden administration and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for their failure to prevent it.
Verizon and AT&T launched their 5G networks on Wednesday morning, with a total of 4,500 towers online to provide faster wireless access to their customers. It was decided to hold back on ten percent – about 500 towers – which are near airports due to the possibility that the towers’ frequencies could interfere with the signal on some planes.
AT&T and Verizon are using stronger 5G frequencies from their towers than countries with a successful 5G rollout. It has caused travel chaos, with airlines canceling some flights as a result of safety concerns and then rushing to restore them after AT&T and Verizon agreed at the last minute not to upgrade the airport towers.
Many airline passengers didn’t know the snafu and showed up at airports on Wednesday planning to board their flights, only to be informed that their flights had been canceled.
FAA bars auto-landings at more than 100 US airports starting 19 January in response to 5G