American aviation experts have been warning for years that 5G frequencies could cause catastrophic interference issues with aviation instruments (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Nevertheless, proponents (including the Federal Communications Commission) continued to ignore them until last week when AT&T and Verizon agreed to delay additional 5G deployment until January. The aviation industry, however, says it needs more time than that. Of course, American opposition to 5G includes A LOT MORE than aviation safety risks. Reports have also shown that 4G service is still better and safer than 5G (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Nevertheless, proponents continue to promote 5G deployment, and the Infrastructure Bill was written so that it is largely funded by federal dollars (see 1, 2, 3).
From RCR Wireless:
Truly national 5G? It’ll take an extra $36 billion and another 37k sites, CCA report estimates
By Kelly Hill
A new estimate from CCA and CostQuest pegs the cost of deploying 5G in places that carriers are unlikely to build out commercially
What would it take to cover the entire geographic United States with 5G, beyond the commercial coverage that is already planned?
About $36 billion and another 37,000 sites, according to a new estimate on 5G ubiquity commissioned by the Competitive Carriers Association.
While the three largest mobile network operators are already claiming “nationwide” 5G coverage based on population coverage, it’s an entirely different distinction to cover all of the geographic areas of the United States. A new study commissioned by CCA estimates that it will take an additional $36 billion in government and private investment in order to ensure ubiquitous 5G coverage in areas that mobile network operators are unlikely to build out without subsidies.