Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The 5G Airline Controversy

James Fallows (via Jason Snell):

This post is a basic who-what-why primer on the controversy involving new 5G wireless networks, and airline operations at major U.S. airports.


Short version: 5G versus the airlines is potentially a real issue, rather than a bogus threat. But it’s likely that the parties involved will work out adjustments soon.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata:

Much has been made—at least by the industry—of 5G’s potential to remake society by enabling gee-whiz technologies such as autonomous vehicles, remotely controlled medical procedures, vast sensor networks, and much-talked-about metaverse (see “Understanding 5G, and Why It’s the Future (Not Present) for Mobile Communications,” 11 November 2020). It remains to be seen how much of this will come to pass, but the addition of C-band support by AT&T and Verizon goes a long way toward providing speedy, widely available 5G to more iPhone and iPad users.


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