According to web application security specialists, a group of meteorologists warn that signals from multiple weather forecast satellites could be disrupted by 5G mobile data networks operating in the United States. Experts have tried to contact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
In the letter to the FCC, meteorologists claim to be deeply concerned about this situation. In addition, experts call for The Donald Trump administration to postpone a tender for the radio spectrum for the use of 5G technology. Experts from the American Geophysical Union, the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society say that interference caused by increased telecommunications activity could lead to a delay in the transmission of weather information.
“The weather networks with which we work, and which could be impacted, are a determining element in civil protection activities in the event of natural disasters, and also serve scientific research purposes,” the experts explain. On the other hand, web application security specialists believe that delays in these systems could cause a waste of valuable time when a natural disaster occurs. These satellites transmit images of Earth to meteorologists and also send data collected from thousands of terrestrial sensors.
The company Ligado Networks is the main interested in the use of the designated spectrum band (1,675 to 1,680 MHz) for the implementation of 5G technology. The company also sent a letter to the FCC mentioning that failure to allow the use of the 5G spectrum would present a risky situation for the U.S. government, lagging behind in the implementation of this technology. Finally, the company proposes that meteorologists download the data they require for their work from the Internet.
However, meteorologists warn that this solution is inefficient, as they have already analyzed how quickly they can download and obtain this data over the Internet, mentioning that this is too slow a process compared to the use of satellites.
Web application security specialists at the International Institute for Cyber Security (IICS) mention that the amount of interference caused depends largely on where 5G technology is deployed, so these levels of interference may or may not vary.