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Verizon and AT&T to Roll Out 5G on January 19 after FAA Requests Delay

• by CNet

 Verizon and AT&T spent a combined $70 billion acquiring C-band spectrum last year to provide a boost to their 5G coverage, launching on January 19. The carriers are set to use frequencies from 3.7 to 3.98GHz, but the aviation industry argued those radio airwaves may interact with instruments like altimeters that use the 4.2 to 4.4GHz ranges. Carriers agreed to lowering tower power levels nationwide with even stricter limits around airports and helipads.

The companies were poised to roll out C-band airwaves, which promise improved speed and coverage for 5G networks.

Verizon and AT&T have agreed to delay the launch of their upgraded 5G networks for two weeks, bowing to pressure from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airline companies and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.