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AT&T and Verizon Comply with New Delay of 5G Rollout

AT&T and Verizon Comply with New Delay of 5G Rollout

AT&T and Verizon mentioned that they agreed to a further two-week delay.



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Jim West/Zuma Press

AT&T Inc.

T 3.37%

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Verizon

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Communications Inc. mentioned they agreed to delay their rollout of a brand new 5G service for 2 weeks, reversing course after beforehand declining a request by U.S. transportation officers.

AT&T mentioned late Monday that the corporate had voluntarily agreed to a further two-week delay, on the request of the U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Verizon additionally mentioned it had agreed to a two-week delay that may guarantee the brand new service would go reside in January.

The 2 corporations on Sunday had rebuffed a Dec. 31 request by Mr. Buttigieg and FAA Administrator

Steve Dickson

to delay their rollout of a brand new 5G sign for as much as two weeks to permit regulators to handle security considerations at airports on a rolling foundation. The businesses mentioned that they had already agreed to delay the rollout by a month to Jan. 5.

U.S. airways have complained that their operations would face important disruption if the Federal Aviation Administration imposes flight restrictions to handle the company’s security considerations. The FAA and aviation teams fear the brand new 5G alerts, frequencies referred to as the C-band, might intervene with key cockpit security techniques.

On Sunday, the cellphone carriers supplied their very own counterproposal modeled after France’s strategy to handle wi-fi security considerations. The U.S. carriers mentioned they might dim the facility of their new 5G service for six months, past ranges the businesses had beforehand supplied to assuage the FAA’s considerations.

In rejecting the FAA’s request, AT&T and Verizon’s chief executives wrote in a letter Sunday: “If U.S. airways are permitted to function flights day by day in France, then the identical working situations ought to enable them to take action in the US.”

The FAA is anxious that the brand new 5G alerts might intervene with radar altimeters, gadgets that measure the space between plane and the bottom. In addition they feed knowledge to numerous techniques used to assist planes land in unhealthy climate and keep away from crashes.

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Extra WSJ protection on the controversy over wi-fi frequencies and aviation, chosen by the editors.

Write to Andrew Tangel at Andrew.Tangel@wsj.com and Drew FitzGerald at andrew.fitzgerald@wsj.com

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