Communications regulation and digital government: the 5th generation is innocent of impact on air navigation

In response to the news circulating about the suspension of some flights to a number of American airports due to the installation of the fifth generation communication systems, the Communications Regulatory Authority and the Digital Government note that this is a problem exclusively related to those American airports referred to, as new frequencies have been allocated to the fifth generation technology that differ from what is allocated For use in our region, and that there is no conflict or interference in the UAE between the fifth generation networks and air navigation systems.

Noting that the fifth generation stations in the UAE have been installed in multiple places for many years, and no negative impact on the safety of air navigation systems has been seen, as the authority bases its plans for the fifth generation on studies that take into account the safety of frequencies and their potential impact in other sectors, as well. The authority takes into account the decisions and procedures adopted by the International Telecommunication Union in this regard.

The Communications Regulatory Authority and the Digital Government also confirm that they are coordinating in this matter with the General Civil Aviation Authority, which in turn coordinates and communicates with the International Civil Aviation Organization and European and American aviation safety regulatory agencies to ensure the highest levels of safety and security in this context.

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