17. FLASHPOD: Why 5G Has Been Delayed – The FAA’s Warning to Verizon and AT&T

Imagine this, you’re getting ready for a big event you are hosting and you have done everything you can do to make sure the party goes perfect. You got the best food, booked the entertainment, made sure you got a babysitter, you pulled out your best clothes, you’re getting ready to leave, and then out of nowhere…

Your preparations and planning take a 180 and the party has to be moved…  

Well, we imagine the executives of Verizon and AT&T have a similar feeling right now. 

Welcome back to 5G Guys! Last week (Nov 2, 2021) the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin warning about potential risks to aviators in the US using older radio altimeter technology. That the new 5G deployments in a new frequency band (called C Band) could cause interference. In response, AT&T and Verizon announced they would be delaying their start to deploying 5G in their newly acquired C Band spectrum one month from Dec 5th, 2021 to Jan 5th, 2022.  

Listen in as we discuss what this breaking news means for the big three carriers and how that affects our economy. We talk about exactly how much money this delay will cost, why the FAA is bringing this up now, and other possible theories for pushing the rollout to the beginning of next year. There are a lot of different factors that go into green-lighting these decisions, we go over some of these and more in today’s episode. One thing is for sure when the private sector crosses with federal agencies it makes for some interesting dynamics and news we‘ll be sure to keep an eye on.

Despite the disappointing nature of it all, both Verizon and AT&T are committed to serving over 100 million people next year alone. For more resources check out the links below! 

(photo credit Wireless Estimator)

Lingo You Need For This Episode: 

  • Spectrum – The electromagnetic spectrum ranging from 1Hz to 3000Hz
  •  C-band – The band of spectrum 5G was going to roll out on. Very close to the band of spectrum airplanes use for radio altimeters. 
  • FCC – Federal Communication Commissions
  • FAA – Federal Aviation Administration

More Of What’s Inside:

  • Why 2022 is a big year for the carriers
  • What changed in 2010
  • Exactly how much this delay costs
  • Hear our theories on why this might be happening
  • What 5G does for the economy
  • How T-mobile may benefit from the delay
  • The impact supply chain has on carriers
  • Why old technology has to be considered
  • Verizon and AT&T’s plans to serve you in 2022
  • How the fiscal calendar may play a part in the delay
  • And Much More!

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Episode Minute By Minute:

  • 0:02 – What we cover today! 
  • 0:56 – FAA Airworthiness Bulletin
  • 2:15 – The spectrum called C-Band
  • 3:11 – Why the FCC approved the C-band initially
  • 4:48 – The cost of 5G’s delay
  • 6:01 – How this affects the big 3 carriers
  • 6:49 – A theory on why Verizon and AT&T chose to delay
  • 9:28 – Carrier’s commitment to serving the U.S.
  • 10:20 – The impact of old technology on future advancements
  • 12:20 – Closing thoughts

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