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AT&T gets mocked by Verizon, T-Mobile for fake 5G network

AT&T gets mocked by Verizon, T-Mobile for fake 5G network”

The phones are not actually connected to a new 5G network-5G E stands for 5G Evolution, a rebranding of the faster portions of LTE. In an interview with Tom's Guide, AT&T senior vice president for wireless technology Igal Elbaz defends the label as something the carrier has already been talking about before. They might be in for a rude awakening when they realize that their 5G E phone won't actually be compatible with 5G. "And I love the fact that we broke our industry's narrative two days ago, and they're frustrated and gonna do what they're gonna do", Donovan added. One is to let the customer know that they are in an enhanced experience market or area. The problem with this labeling is straightforward: While it's true that there's a technical path for 4G LTE service to evolve into 5G, that evolution hasn't happened yet.

The carrier said it'll brand the real 5G with mmWare technology as "5G+".

Verizon Communications Inc on Tuesday beat Wall Street estimates for net new phone subscribers who pay a monthly bill, adding 650,000 customers in the fourth quarter. Those additions, which pushed the total customer count to nearly 80 million, helped T-Mobile produce its best quarterly results ever, the company announced Wednesday afternoon.

AT&T has said 5G E provides average speeds of about 40Mbps and peak theoretical speeds of 400Mbps.

"If network providers, equipment manufacturers, handset makers, app developers and others in the wireless ecosystem engage in behavior created to purposefully confuse consumers, public officials and the investment community about what 5G really is, we risk alienating the very people we want most to join in developing and harnessing this exciting new technology", wrote Malady. The first United Kingdom 5G networks will be available later in 2019.



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