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SpaceX raises concerns over 5G — RT World News

The aerospace company said ‘harmful interference’ could render its Starlink network unusable

SpaceX has warned that some 5G mobile phone networks could render its Starlink internet services unusable, releasing a lengthy analysis of the potential issues as TV provider Dish pushes to harness new spectrum for its 5G products.

Released this week, the SpaceX review concluded that 5G mobile services using the 12 GHz spectrum could pose serious problems for its users, saying satellites floating in orbit use the 12 GHz band to “to provide critical downlink services to Americans in every corner of the country.”

“SpaceX’s study – even with very favorable assumptions that would reduce interference to mobile operations – shows harmful interference from land mobile service to SpaceX’s Starlink broadband terminals,” the company said, referring to Dish’s 5G plans.

If the TV provider used the spectrum in question, SpaceX said the interference could lead to complete blackouts for its US users. “74% of the time. »

The company currently has some 2,700 Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit, providing web services to hundreds of thousands of people, although CEO Elon Musk has said he hopes to increase the total number of satellites to 42,000 within decades. coming.

Dish, for his part, insisted that his 5G project would be a “win-win” for all parties involved, a company executive saying last year that the company had no problem with SpaceX and believed “Coexistence is possible.” In response to the new analysis, Dish said his “expert engineers” assess SpaceX’s latest claims.

The two companies traded blows before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), with Dish previously accusing SpaceX of failing to respond to its “expert studies” on the 5G issue, as the aerospace firm alleged Dish “filed intentionally misleading reports” at the agency.

SpaceX raises concerns over 5G — RT World News

The spat with SpaceX isn’t the first big public dispute over 5G use, as the technology expands and becomes more widely used around the world. A series of US airlines have strongly opposed the deployment of 5G networks around airports, arguing they could interfere with key aircraft security systems. Cell providers Verizon and AT&T led rollout plans after winning about $80 billion in contracts to install the technology in the United States in 2021, but have since agreed to create temporary “buffer zones” around airports to allow time to resolve interference risks.

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