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Your 5G connection will be limited at these 50 airports

If you are waiting for a flight and hope to use fast 5G internet on your smartphone, the Federal Aviation Authority has listed fifty airports where you may experience limited 5G cellular connections.

The FAA has marked fifty airports that will include a buffer zone from C-band 5G roll-out. This exclusion will remain in place for six months and start in January. This is to ascertain that the crucial equipment used by airports to monitor aircraft does not suffer interference from the new frequencies that carriers will use to roll out 5G networks.

Among factors considered by the FAA are air traffic volume, visibility, and geographic locations. With these criteria, some of the biggest airports are affected because they fall under areas where the C-band frequencies would have gone live on Jan 19th. The agency consulted with the aviation industry in compiling the list.

The six-month period is meant to give the carriers time to adjust to their equipment located around airports. It will affect the carriers’ 3.7-3.98 GHz, which the airports claim could interfere with their equipment that works within 4.2-4.4 GHz frequencies. The affected instruments include radio altimeters that tell aircraft how high they are from the ground and navigation and collision avoidance technologies. If the new 5G frequencies are allowed to interfere, airplanes will have problems landing during rough weather or when visibility is low.

On the part of the FAA and the affected airports, the two parties will use the six-month period to test equipment that could be vulnerable to possible replacements.

The C-band 5G buffer zone will extend about a mile around landing runways, giving aircraft a signal-free environment for 20 seconds. The restrictions are more specific for wireless networks, covering 2,100 meters at the end and beginning of the runway and 910 on both sides. Signals will be limited within 6,100 meters in front and behind the runways.

Verizon and AT&T had had to postpone the expansion of C-band services twice and conceded to reduce power levels across the country.

The affected airports are listed below:

  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas
  • Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts
  • King County International Airport in Seattle, Washington
  • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Nashville International Airport in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California
  • Akron-Canton Airport in Canton, Ohio
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dallas Love Field in Dallas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Detroit
  • Ellington Airport in Houston
  • Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey
  • Fresno Yosemite International Airport in Fresno, California
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan
  • William P. Hobby Airport in Houston
  • Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport in New Haven, Connecticut
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston
  • Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis
  • Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City
  • Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles
  • LaGuardia Airport in New York City
  • Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, California
  • Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City
  • Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida
  • Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown, Pennsylvania
  • Chicago Midway International Airport in Chicago
  • McAllen International Airport in McAllen, Texas
  • Miami International Airport in Miami
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in Minnesota
  • Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California
  • O’Hare International Airport in Chicago
  • Paine Field in Snohomish County, Washington
  • Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix
  • St. Pete Clearwater International Airport in Clearwater, Florida
  • Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville, North Carolina
  • Frederick Douglass – Greater Rochester International Airport in Rochester, New York
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle
  • San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, California
  • John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California
  • St. Louis Lambert International Airport in St. Louis
  • Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York
  • Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, New Jersey

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