Runway Block 🛬

by 19 Jan, 2022

Runway Block

The Internet is the bedrock of modern technology and society, without it nearly nothing would work. Because of this, the speed at which the internet works is crucial. Years ago, we started at 1G, then 2G, 3G, 4G, and finally, we are 5G in many parts of the world. 5G simply stands for the 5th generation of mobile network technology designed to enable higher performance and improved efficiency, meaning faster speeds and more data capacity for your devices. To put 5G technology in perspective, 5G is expected to be almost 100 times faster than 4G.

Unfortunately, 5G has been causing some recent troubles at airports. Just yesterday, 5G halted thousands of flights due to safety concerns. More specifically, a new type of C-Band 5G technology was going to interfere with crucial airplane tools like radio altimeters – which judge the distance from the ground to the bottom of the flying vessel – and affect low-visibility operations. The technology wouldn’t necessarily shut down the altimeter but could cause it to give inaccurate information. U.S airline executives have said “over 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers would have to deal with cancellations, diversions or delays” and that “To be blunt, the nation’s commerce will grind to a halt”. Working towards a solution, airlines have said “5G is deployed except when towers are too close to airport runways until the FAA can determine how that can be safely accomplished without catastrophic disruption”. So far many of these projects have been delayed but will likely be built on the grounds of some agreement. What do you think about these delays and has it interfered with any travel plans?

I am not a financial advisor and my comments should never be taken as financial advice. Investments come with risk, so always do your research and analysis beforehand.


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