5G smartphones can interfere with CRITICAL aircraft instruments: Experts warn technology disrupts landing gear and urge travellers to turn their devices OFF
- French authorities warn 5G signals can interfere with altimeter equipment
- This can cause problems for pilots, especially during takeoff and landing
- Authorities have said 5G devices should be in airplane mode or switched off
- They have also restricted the placement of 5G masts near French airports
Travellers with a 5G phone are being urged to turn off their device when on a plane as the technology can disrupt landing gear, says the French civil aviation authority.
The latest generation of smartphones and networks, currently being rolled out around the world, can interfere with critical aircraft instruments including altitude.
This is due to signal interference from the device that can block the data coming from altimeters that tell pilots how high above sea level they are flying.
A spokesperson said: ‘The utilisation of 5G devices onboard aircraft could lead to risks of interference that could potentially result in errors in altitude readings.’
Travellers with a 5G phone are being urged to turn off their device when on a plane as the technology can disrupt landing gear, says the French civil aviation authority
The French Civil Aviation Authority sent a bulletin to airlines recommending that 5G phones should be turned off or put in ‘airplane mode’ during a flight.
The phenomenon is caused by ‘signal interference from a close frequency source of a strength that is similar or even superior to that of altimeters,’ the agency said.
This can cause errors ‘in instruments that are extremely critical during landing.’
It is already a requirement on many flights that mobile phones are turned off or placed in airplane mode during take off and landing.
This was due to previous generations of mobile networks interfering with navigation and communication equipment onboard the aircraft.
A number of flights have started allowing mobile phones to be used and even have onboard masts to allow passengers to make calls.
The French authority believe the risk so severe that they issued a guidance that in cases of disruption to an aircrafts equipment from a 5G device – the air crew immediately notify air traffic controllers who can alert authorities at the airport.
The latest generation of smartphones and networks, currently being rolled out around the world, can interfere with critical aircraft instruments including altitude
While 5G technology is likely to transform the way we communicate, it comes with several risks, including threats to infrastructure, unecrypted data and attack messages
The authority also told mobile networks to ensure 5G base stations are placed in such a way that it limits the risk of interference during landing at French airports.
The strength of signals from these base stations near airports are already restricted by the authority, which has been doing further testing since November.
This was after French operators were given permission to begin rolling out the latest generation of mobile networks in the country.
The agency says it will continue to monitor signals from 5G base stations, as well as testing the impact of 5G on flights as the network is rolled out.
EXPLAINED: THE EVOLUTION OF MOBILE BROADBAND UP TO 5G
The evolution of the G system started in 1980 with the invention of the mobile phone which allowed for analogue data to be transmitted via phone calls.
Digital came into play in 1991 with 2G and SMS and MMS capabilities were launched.
Since then, the capabilities and carrying capacity for the mobile network has increased massively.
More data can be transferred from one point to another via the mobile network quicker than ever.
5G is expected to be 100 times faster than the currently used 4G.
Whilst the jump from 3G to 4G was most beneficial for mobile browsing and working, the step to 5G will be so fast they become almost real-time.
That means mobile operations will be just as fast as office-based internet connections.
Potential uses for 5g include:
- Simultaneous translation of several languages in a party conference call
- Self-driving cars can stream movies, music and navigation information from the cloud
- A full length 8GB film can be downloaded in six seconds.
5G is expected to be so quick and efficient it is possible it could start the end of wired connections.
By the end of 2020, industry estimates claim 50 billion devices will be connected to 5G.
The evolution of from 1G to 5G. The predicted speed of 5G is more than 1Gbps – 1,000 times greater than the existing speed of 4G and could be implemented in laptops of the future
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