Tech giant changes 5G rollout plan — Action News Now

Two U.S. mobile phone suppliers said they will postpone their 5G networks due to safety concerns from airlines and federal regulators

The two largest US telecommunications companies AT&T and Verizon have agreed to temporarily postpone their C-band 5G network because government officials and airlines are still continuing negotiations, and they said the technology may affect aircraft instruments.

The two companies confirmed the suspension in separate statements on Monday, and Verizon said it had agreed to a two-week postponement. “This guarantees the certainty of bringing our game-changing 5G network to this country in January.”

At the same time, AT&T stated that it accepted the same two-week suspension at the request of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, adding “We know that aviation safety and 5G can coexist, and we believe that further cooperation and technical evaluation will alleviate any problems.”

This decision is in stark contrast to the statements issued by AT&T and Verizon less than 24 hours ago, in which the two companies insisted that they would stick to the January 5th launch date previously set.They believe that any delay will be equivalent to “Responsibly relinquish the operational control required to deploy a world-class and globally competitive communications network.”

Although the C-band 5G deployment was originally planned for December, telecommunications companies agree Fearing that the technology will destroy airborne equipment, it has to wait until January, and Monday’s agreement will postpone the date by another two weeks. It is not clear what caused the sudden reversal, but it is reported that these companies are actively negotiating with regulators.

The most important issue in safety is the issue of the aircraft’s radio altimeter, which helps the aircraft to land safely under low visibility conditions. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) outlines another 17 systems that may be affected by erroneous altimeter readings if the equipment is affected by 5G signals.

The FAA thanks the two companies “Autonomy” Pause at a statement Obtained by Verge, added “Safety is at the core of our mission, and this guides all our decisions” At the same time express the wish to spend the extra time “Reduce the flight disruptions associated with this 5G deployment.”

In addition to federal agencies, Aviation industry and airlines He also publicly protested the 5G plan with the lobbying organization “Airlines for America”, which had previously predicted that it would disrupt approximately 350,000 flights and millions of individual passengers.

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