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AT&T begins 5G rollout in limited number of metro areas

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AT&T is lighting up its expanded 5G service in simply eight metro areas within the US on Wednesday, together with Austin, Dallas-Fort Value, Houston, Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville, Orlando, and South Florida (PDF). This comes after each AT&T and Verizon voluntarily limited the activation of C-band spectrum around airports after dealing with mounting stress from airways.

“Right now’s introduction begins in restricted components of 8 metro areas throughout the U.S. It’s going to increase quickly as our considerate and environment friendly deployment ramps up all year long,” Chris Sambar, AT&T’s govt vice chairman of know-how operations, explains within the submit asserting the growth. “With 17 C-Band-capable units already obtainable on-line and in our shops, you can begin seeing these speeds right this moment.”

Simply in the future earlier than Verizon and AT&T’s scheduled 5G rollout on January nineteenth, main airways warned against activating 5G towers for fear of “catastrophic disruption” to flights working throughout the nation. Air India, Emirates, Japan Airlines, and ANA canceled a few of their flights upfront over issues that the 5G growth might interfere with radar altimeters that plane use to make low-visibility landings. Forward of the rollout, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reached an settlement with each carriers to create 50 buffer zones where AT&T and Verizon will shut off transmitters for six months near airports with excessive visitors quantity and frequent low-visibility circumstances.

In a statement to The Verge, AT&T expressed frustration on the FAA’s failure to “make the most of the 2 years they’ve needed to responsibly plan for this deployment,” in addition to its “lack of ability to do what practically 40 international locations have performed, which is to securely deploy 5G know-how with out disrupting aviation companies.” AT&T and Verizon’s activation of the C-band spectrum has faced pushback by the FAA, leading to two delays. And whereas AT&T is taking a extra cautious method to its rollout, Verizon plans on activating its network in 1,700 cities — overlaying 100 million extra folks — this month.

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