Verizon Promises It Won't Lie About 5G, Unlike AT&T's '5G E'

AT&T is pretending like 5G is already here – and misleading users

The product in question is the carrier's 5G home internet service, which isn't based on the 5G NR or New Radio global standard. Verizon 5G isn't ready for mobile use yet, but it's a bigger change than simply relabeling a 4G phone as 5G.

T-Mobile has completed the world's first data and video calls on a live 5G network using 600MHz spectrum as it continues to position itself as the only U.S. operator capable of delivering nationwide coverage.

Verizon spokesman Kevin King said comparing Verizon's 5G service to AT&T's move is a mistake because Verizon has been clear that it wasn't using standards-compliant equipment right away. Only to find out that 5G E isn't really a really network - just 4G LTE.

In an interview with Tom's Guide, AT&T's Senior Vice President for Wireless Technology, Igal Elbaz, stated that the carrier isn't trying to mislead its customers. Nothing fantastic, actually. According to The Verge, AT&T says 5G Evolution connections will reach "average real-world speeds of around 40Mbps", - which isn't as fast as the 53.3Mbps rates that Verizon's 4G LTE networks hit in our Fastest Wireless Network testing.

The results suggest it'll be tough for AT&T and T-Mobile's planned merger partner Sprint to hit their current estimates for subscriber growth in a mature wireless market that has seen little new-customer growth overall.

Again, it's not 5G, and other networks have the same upgrades.

Verizon said in December it was working with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to launch 5G enabled smartphones in the first half of 2019.

If you ever wanted to know what false advertising looked like, well it's this update from AT&T.

AT&T said that, by the end of this year, it expects its network capacity to increase by 50% since 2017. Both Verizon and T-Mobile bashed AT&T, calling it a way to mislead consumers into thinking they already have 5G.

In 2018, AT& chose to design its own cell site routers and released those hardware specs as open blueprints so any hardware maker can build them for AT&T. AT&T will also use millimeter-wave spectrum for higher speeds, but didn't provide details on when that will go live or how extensively it will be deployed.

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