WASHINGTON :Verizon Communications Inc plans to turn on round 2,000 extra towers in February in the following part of its C-Band 5G deployment after talks with U.S. regulators, sources stated.
The new part comes after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated on Friday it had agreed that Verizon and AT&T might safely turn on extra 5G towers in a deployment that has been disrupted by plane security issues.
Verizon turned on about 5,100 towers in January and can be in a position to turn on about one other 2,000 in February, the sources stated, including that the entire might rise as aviation buffer zones are refined.
Concerns that the brand new towers might intervene with delicate airplane electronics delayed the C-Band 5G deployment, initially deliberate for early December. Verizon agreed in January to not deploy about 500 towers close to airports.
The firm stated in January it might initially supply its 5G C-Band service to about 90 million folks and promised to increase that to greater than 100 million by March 31.
Verizon stated Tuesday it had met the 100 million objective as of Feb. 1 and meant “to exceed that goal.”
It declined to remark on the variety of new towers being activated, however stated it stays dedicated to “very productive discussions with the FAA and others”.
The FAA stated Friday new knowledge had allowed it to “more precisely map the size and shape of the areas around airports where 5G signals are mitigated, shrinking the areas where wireless operators are deferring their antenna activations.”
Based on the brand new revised exclusion zones, Verizon is predicted to give you the option to deploy about 14per cent of the five hundred towers held up in January, or round 70 towers, the supply added.
The FAA is working on a subsequent model of the buffer zones that wll enable Verizon to turn on extra towers.
The FAA declined to remark on what number of towers Verizon would turn on in February.
(Reporting by David ShepardsonEditing by Richard Pullin)