T-Mobile Seen Benefiting From AT&T, Verizon Delay of 5G Rollout
T-Mobile US Inc. could benefit from a delay in rolling out 5G service announced Thursday by its chief competitors in response to concerns over interference with aviation equipment.
AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. said they would push back to Jan. 5 the debut of their 5G service on some airwaves after U.S. aviation regulators said it might interfere with aircraft electronics.
“Today Verizon and AT&T announced that they will voluntarily pause commercial launch” of the service “to further assess any impact on aviation safety technologies,” the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Communications Commission said in a joint statement.
The move represents a hitch in the mobile providers’ pursuit of 5G airwaves to serve billions of connected homes, factories and gadgets with the latest generation of technology. AT&T and Verizon are in a race to catch up to T-Mobile US, which is about a year ahead on 5G network deployment using other airwaves not suspected of causing interference.”