Verizon and AT&T offer to temporarily lower 5G’s power to avoid aircraft interference

verizon and at&t offer to temporarily lower 5g’s power to avoid aircraft interference

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg at CES 2019. | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

As the Federal Aviation Administration continues examining whether mid-band 5G spectrum could pose a risk to aircraft safety systems, Verizon and AT&T have offered to dial back the power coming from 5G cell towers for a period of six months to ease any industry concerns. Both carriers are preparing to launch crucial upgrades to their respective 5G networks using spectrum acquired in the C-band auction. This will lead to more robust 5G connectivity and faster speeds compared to the base-level 5G experience that Verizon and AT&T currently offer today.

In early November, both companies agreed to push back the rollout by an additional month to January 2022. In a letter sent to the FCC today, they made clear that they’ll be moving forward…

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