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AT&T and Verizon Postpones the 5G Spectrum Rollout Due to Safety Concerns

AT&T and Verizon Postpones the 5G Spectrum Rollout Due to Safety Concerns
The Siliconreview
08 November, 2021

AT&T and Verizon have postponed the planned 5G Spectrum deployments until January 5, 2022

AT&T, the world's largest telecommunications company, and Verizon, an American wireless network operator, in a recent announcement, have stated that they are delaying the planned December 5 launch of the most anticipated 5G spectrum as there were safety concerns with the potential interference and cockpit systems. Both the companies have stated that they would postpone the 5G deployments until January 5, 2022.

Also, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned the companies as the cellular spectrum would possibly be dangerous to nearby aircraft. Verizon has said that it has postponed the 5G spectrum rollout in the spirit of good faith. AT&T stated that it would continue to work with the FCC and the FAA to gain deep knowledge and understand their concerns.

Both Verizon and AT&T have agreed to pause their deployment of C-band 5G temporarily. Now, the companies will work hard to resolve the safety concerns, particularly with the C-band 5G spectrum that could interfere with automated cockpit systems, including those used by pilots to land aircraft safely during poor weather conditions.