The two carriers confirmed on Monday evening that they would delay the activation of 5G services near airports until January 19 and that in the meantime, officials would continue to work on adapting the French restrictions on 5G. in the USA.
“To the secretary [of Transportation Pete] At Buttigieg’s request, we have voluntarily agreed to an additional two weeks for the deployment of our C-Band 5G services, “said an AT&T spokesperson in a statement.” We also remain committed to the measures of mitigation of the six-month protection zone that we described in our letter. We know that aviation safety and 5G can coexist and we are confident that continued collaboration and technical assessment will solve any problems. “
The announcement comes as aviation industry officials were due to sue the Federal Communications Commission in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the deployment from taking effect on Jan.5. Preparations to file the lawsuit were already underway when news of the deal arrived, according to an airline industry official, who said the litigation would be put on hold in light of the two-week extension. .
The official added that behind the scenes negotiators had been working “frantically to reach a deal” and Monday’s outcome might “seem a bit dramatic, but sometimes that is the way things work. This is potentially a problem. very good result in the meantime here. “
In December, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an urgent warning that it planned to ban pilots from using a key instrument on the aircraft, fearing that 5G signals could interfere with the devices – a move which, according to agency, would likely result in flight delays and widespread diversions.
In a statement, the FAA thanked the mobile operators.
“Safety is at the heart of our mission and it guides all of our decisions,” the agency said. “We look forward to using the additional time and space to reduce the flight disruptions associated with this 5G deployment.”