The executive presidents of AT&T Y Verizon Communications They rejected the US government’s request to postpone the January 5 introduction of the new 5G wireless service for air safety reasons, but offered to temporarily adopt new safeguards.
The Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, and the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Steve Dickson, asked the chief executive of AT&T, John Stankey, and that of Verizon, Hans Vestberg, a delay in commercial deployment of no more than two weeks.
In a joint letter, the companies of mobile phone They stated on Sunday that they will not deploy 5G around airports for six months, but rejected any broader limitations on the use of C-band spectrum.
They said the US Department of Transportation’s proposal would be “an irresponsible abdication of the operational control required to deploy world-class and globally competitive communications networks.”
The aviation industry and the FEW have raised concerns about possible 5G interference with sensitive electronic components in aircraft, such as radio altimeters, which could affect flights.
The exclusion zone that AT&T Y Verizon they propose is currently in use in France, the companies said, “with a slight adaptation” that reflects “modest technical differences in the way the C-band is deployed.”
“The laws of physics are the same in the United States and in France,” wrote the CEOs. “If American airlines are allowed to operate flights every day in France, the same operating conditions should allow them to do so in the United States.”
The FEW It said in a statement Sunday that it is “reviewing the latest letter from wireless companies on how to mitigate interference from 5G C-band transmissions. US aviation security regulations will guide our next actions.”