Verizon and AT&T Delay C-Band 5G Launch to Address FAA Aviation Safety Concerns

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AT&T and Verizon were the big winners of the FCC’s C-Band spectrum auction earlier this year, and they have spent much of 2021 preparing to launch their first 5G service deployments using this spectrum as early as December 5th – greatly enhancing the true “next generation” potential of their 5G networks.

This piece of spectrum has been designated Band n77 for 5G cellular use.

But the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has expressed concerns that parts of the C-band frequencies planned for usage could interfere with aircraft systems or cause disruptions in airline flights and operations.

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