AT&T, Verizon delay rollout of 5G near airports as airlines warn of 'incalculable' damage to economy
AT&T and Verizon will hold off on rolling out 5G within 2 miles of airports when the rest of their 5G networks go live Wednesday – a move lauded by the White House.
"As the nation’s leading wireless provider, we have voluntarily decided to limit our 5G network around airports," Verizon said Tuesday. "The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and our nation’s airlines have not been able to fully resolve navigating 5G around airports, despite it being safe and fully operational in more than 40 other countries."
AT&T expressed similar frustration.
"At our sole discretion, we have voluntarily agreed to temporarily defer turning on a limited number of towers around certain airport runways as we continue to work with the aviation industry and the FAA to provide further information about our 5G deployment, since they have not utilized the two years they’ve had to responsibly plan for this deployment," an AT&T spokesperson said in a statement to USA TODAY. "We are launching our advanced 5G services everywhere else as planned with the temporary exception of this limited number of towers.”
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Remember all the things we couldn't do with dial-up? We could see the potential for using the internet in many industries, but the slow speeds just put a damper on innovation.
With wifi and faster speeds, our world has completely changed in almost every type of business and organization.
As 5G is deployed globally, we are in for another grand shift in possibilities. Imagine smart surgeries and smart factories where machines and robots aren't at risk for glitching in the middle of key functions. With 5G, technology can take over more tasks and responsibilities previously dedicated to humans.
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We will continue to see trends related to COVID-19 pushing office workers home, and consumers online.
In an effort to keep pace with new demands on network infrastructure, Edge Computing will take precedence. Edge Computing relocates data closer to the point where it is needed to speed up transfers and communication. Public cloud spending will shift to edge computing spending--bringing data closer to home.
Prepare for massive improvements in cellphone technology as 5G coverage is scheduled to reach the whole nation by the end of 2021. T-Mobile is in the lead on the 5G race with AT&T and Verizon close behind.
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The connection of devices, endpoints and assets that haven't been able to communicate with a network are considered the Internet of Things. COVID-19 introduced a myriad of reasons to utilize multiple devices in a seamless business operation. From curbside service to self-checkout kiosks to working remotely, a new connectivity is in demand.
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This was supposed to be the year 5G went mainstream. Huge swaths of the world would be blanketed with coverage. Every major handset maker -- including Apple -- would offer a wide variety of 5G phones. After years of hype and last year's early deployments, consumers would finally start to enjoy the benefits of the super-fast wireless technology in a real way.
Then the novel coronavirus struck.
The virus, which causes a pneumonia-like disease called COVID-19, quickly spread across the globe, causing cities and entire countries to issue lockdowns to slow its advance. China, where COVID-19 was first detected in late 2019, shut down first, jamming up production of iPhones and other products. The rest of the world soon followed suit, and the global economy all but ground to a halt.
"In our lifetimes we've never seen a faster economic collapse," Strategy Analytics analyst Ken Hyers said.
The result is a shattering of the buoyant optimism of just six months ago. Millions of people are out of work, and the world has recorded over 10 million COVID-19 infections. But even if the coronavirus has slowed down the rollout of 5G in heavily hit areas such as the US, it's not going to stop 5G's progress.
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