AT&T and Verizon reject FAA request to delay launch of 5G services



AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. have rejected a request by federal transportation officials to delay the launch of new 5G wireless services, but offered a counter-proposal that would allow limited deployments to move forward this week.

Mobile carriers said in a letter reviewed by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday that they could further reduce the power of their new 5G service for six months to match the limits imposed by regulators in France, giving U.S. authorities more time to study the effect of stronger signals. on air traffic. The plan from the companies, which have said they plan to start the service on Wednesday, could prolong the standoff between the telecommunications and aviation industries on how to proceed.

“If US airlines are allowed to operate daily flights to France, then the same operating conditions should allow them to do so in the US,” the managing directors wrote in the letter.

Telecommunications industry officials have pointed out dozens of countries, including France, which have already authorized cellular service on the frequencies in question, known as the C-band. France is among the countries that have Imposed wireless limits near airports while regulators study their effect on planes.

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CEO Hans Vestberg was in response to a letter sent Friday night from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson. The New Year’s missive called on carriers to postpone their planned 5G launch by “no more than two weeks” while officials work to address the effect of wireless services at specific airports on an ongoing basis over the course of the year. the next few weeks.

An extended version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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