AT&T, Verizon Cheer Broadband Maps – Except for 5G

AT&T, Verizon and CTIA, the wireless industry’s main US trade group, all agree that it’s important to provide accurate maps of Americans’ broadband networks. Except when it comes to 5G.

“While CTIA supports efforts to monitor 5G deployment, which will be even more transformative than 4G LTE, it is premature to propose standardized service requirements for 5G [for a broadband map],” the association wrote in a new filing to the FCC. “Industry consensus is still emerging around how best to measure the deployment of this still-nascent technology. While facilities-based mobile providers will be required to submit 5G deployment information that meets the 5G-NR (New Radio) technology standards, the 5G-NR standards are technical ones; they do not establish what service level consumers should be able to expect when using 5G. As a result, it is premature to standardize 5G service parameters at this time.”