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AT & T, Verizon CEO Reuters Reuters Rejects U.S. Request for Delay in 5G Deployment

© Reuters. File Photo: Verizon’s contract crew will install 5G communications equipment at the Tower in Olem, Utah, USA on December 3, 2019. REUTERS / George Frey


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Washington (Reuters)-AT & T (NYSE :) and Verizon Communications (NYSE :) Due to aviation safety concerns, we rejected the request to postpone the introduction of the new 5G wireless service scheduled for January 5, but proposed to temporarily adopt the new safeguard. ..

US Secretary of Transportation Pete Butigeg and Federal Aviation Administration Chief Steve Dixon ask AT & T CEO John Stanky and Verizon CEO Hans Bestberg to delay commercial expansion within two weeks. Was there.

A radio company in a joint letter on Sunday said it would not deploy 5G around the airport for six months, but rejected broader restrictions on the use of the C-band spectrum. They said the Ministry of Transport’s proposal would be “irresponsible abdication of operations management needed to deploy a world-class, globally competitive communications network.”

The FAA and the Transport Bureau did not comment immediately.

The aviation industry and the FAA have expressed concern about the potential for 5G to interfere with sensitive aircraft electronics such as radio altimeters that can interfere with flight.

The exclusion zone proposed by AT & T and Verizon is currently in use in France, the carrier said, “with a slight adaptation,” reflecting “a slight technical difference in how the C-band is deployed.”

“The laws of physics are the same in the United States.

“If US airlines are allowed to fly daily in France, they should be able to fly in the US under the same operating conditions,” the CEO said.

Authorities said the exclusion zones proposed by wireless operators were not as large as those required by the FAA.

The FAA and Butigeg proposed on Friday to identify priority airports that “enable buffer zones to continue aviation operations safely while the FAA completes the potential interference assessment.”

The government will endeavor to identify “mitigation measures for all priority airports” in order to ensure that most “large commercial aircraft can operate safely in all conditions.” The airline union has expressed support for Butigeg’s proposal.

Wireless operators who won the C-band spectrum at a $ 80 billion government auction have long agreed to take precautions to limit interference for six months.

Airlines for America, an industry group representing American Airlines (NASDAQ :), FedEx and other airlines, called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stop deployments around many airports every day on Thursday. Warned that thousands of flights could be interrupted.

The airline group said it could go to court on Monday if the FCC didn’t act.

The wireless industry group CTIA said 5G is safe and the spectrum is used in about 40 other countries.

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