AT&T, Verizon to delay C-Band spectrum use pending air safety review

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WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc (T.N) and Verizon Communications (VZ.N) said they had agreed to hold by a period the commercialized motorboat of C-band wireless work pending an appraisal of immoderate interaction connected aviation information technologies.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said successful a associated connection they would "continue to coordinate intimately to guarantee that the United States keeps gait with the remainder of the satellite successful deploying next-generation communications technologies safely and without undue delay." The carriers had been acceptable to usage the spectrum connected Dec. 5 and person agreed to hold it until aboriginal January.

Both carriers agreed they would hold deployment astatine the Transportation Department's request. AT&T said it would "continue to enactment successful bully religion with the FCC and the FAA to recognize the FAA’s asserted co-existence concerns. It is captious that these discussions beryllium informed by the subject and the data."

The FAA and FCC are holding intensive discussions astir the contented and the White House National Economic Council has besides been involved, officials said.

The FAA connected Tuesday issued a bulletin alerting manufacturers, operators and pilots that enactment whitethorn beryllium needed to code imaginable interference with delicate craft electronics caused by the 5G deployment.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said Wednesday: "We volition fig this retired truthful that 5G and aviation information tin co-exist."

The FAA said operators "should beryllium prepared for the anticipation that interference from 5G transmitters and different exertion could origin definite information instrumentality to malfunction, requiring them to instrumentality mitigating enactment that could impact formation operations."

The bulletin said "there person not yet been proven reports of harmful interference owed to wireless broadband operations internationally."

It recommended pilots punctual passengers portable physics devices equipped with 5G beryllium should beryllium turned disconnected oregon placed successful airplane mode during flight.

The aviation manufacture has voiced alarm astir the program to usage C-Band spectrum for much than a year.

Wireless commercialized radical CTIA said connected Friday 5G networks tin safely usage C-band spectrum "without causing harmful interference to aviation equipment," and cited galore progressive 5G networks utilizing this spectrum set successful 40 countries."

Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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