AT&T and Verizon agree to a new delay in the 5G release

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They said they had agreed to delay the launch of the new 5G service by two weeks Previously rejected a request By U.S. Transportation Authority.

AT&T said late Monday that the company had voluntarily agreed to an additional two weeks’ delay at the request of U.S. Transport Secretary Pete Boutique.


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He acknowledged the two-week delay and said the new service would be operational by January.

On Sunday, both companies met with Mr. Companies say they have rejected a December 31 request from Boutique and FAA executive Steve Dixon Has already agreed to delay the release One month to January 5th.

As the Federal Aviation Administration prepares to issue flight restrictions soon, there was a sudden turnaround on Monday, with U.S. airlines worried that air traffic and cargo exports across the country could be significantly disrupted, sources familiar with the matter said.

Airlines for the United States, which represents major passenger and freight carriers, plans to ask a federal court to block the scheduled 5G release on Wednesday, sources familiar with the matter said. The trade group was suspended after two telecom carriers agreed to delay their 5G launch until January 19.

American airlines have announced their operations May face significant obstacles If the FAA imposes flight restrictions to address the agency’s security concerns. The FAA and flight crews are concerned that the new 5G signals, frequencies known as C-band, may interfere with key cockpit security systems.

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The FAA thanked AT&T and Verizon for agreeing to the voluntary delay and for their proposals to address security concerns around airports. “We look forward to using more time and space to reduce the air hassle associated with this 5G deployment,” the company said.

The company said Wireless companies have submitted proposals Compared to that used in some European countries. While the agency said U.S. standards and operating environments were unique, it said such proposals would reduce barriers to U.S. aviation. The FAA said security arrangements would be made for about six months at about 50 airports.

On Sunday, cell phone carriers presented their own counter-proposal modeled on France’s approach to addressing wireless security concerns. U.S. carriers have said companies will dampen the power of their new 5G service by six months beyond what previously provided to alleviate FAA concerns.

Rejecting the FAA’s earlier request, AT&T and Verizon’s executives wrote in a letter on Sunday: “If American airlines are allowed to operate every day flights in France, the same operating conditions should allow them to do so in the United States.”

The FAA is concerned that the new 5G signals could interfere with radar altimeters and devices that measure the distance between an aircraft and the ground. They provide data for various systems used to land planes and avoid accidents in bad weather.

Verizon is the largest US cell phone carrier by subscriber base. Most of the capital in the conflict is at risk. It cost more than $ 45 billion last year to obtain questionable wireless licenses, and billions more to pay for the speedy removal of satellite operators that create interference with ground cell phone towers. The carrier was scheduled to deliver an update to the media and investors on Tuesday, which was expected to highlight the quality of its network.

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T-Mobile U.S. Inc.

Spectrum was protected at the same federal auction, but the licenses it purchased will not be available until late 2023. Its fifth-generation network is already using the spectrum it acquired by merging with its rival Sprint in 2020, which is not part of the latest aviation issue.

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The print version released on January 4, 2022 is ‘AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Rollouts.’

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