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Verizon & AT&T Agree To Monitor Revised Precautionary Measures Addressing 5G Implementation

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, telecom giants AT&T and Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) have agreed to adopt new precautionary measures to address air safety concerns raised from the planned use of C-Band spectrum for 5G wireless. The aviation industry and Federal Aviation Administration raised concerns about potential interference caused by the 5G deployment with sensitive aircraft electronics like radio altimeters.

AT&T and Verizon said they had committed for six months to take, “additional steps to minimize energy coming from 5G base stations – both nationwide and to an even greater degree around public airports and heliports,” adding it should address altimeter concerns.

Earlier this month, AT&T and Verizon agreed to delay the commercial launch of C-band wireless service until Jan. 5 after the FAA issued a bulletin on Nov. 2 warning that action may be needed to address the potential risk caused by the 5G deployment.

AT&T said it was adopting the measures, “while additional evidence from radio altimeter manufacturers is evaluated. Though there is no credible evidence that a legitimate interference problem exists, we agreed to take these additional steps to alleviate any safety concerns from the FAA.”

AT&T and Verizon informed that the commitments would expire on July 6 unless credible evidence was discovered that real-world interference would occur if the mitigations were relaxed. However, the wireless groups argue that there have been no C-Band aviation safety issues in other countries using the spectrum.

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(Read Original Story: AT&T, Verizon agree to new precautions to address 5G air safety concerns in Reuters)


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