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Mobile and Verizon rebuke AT&T’s fake 5G efforts

11 January 2019

AT&T enables almost 2.2 million US business customer locations with high-speed fiber connections by serving almost 500,000 USA business buildings lit with fiber from AT&T. The executive insisted that they were "pretty public" about what 5G E actually was.

Meanwhile, Verizon posted a more subtle rebuke in the form of a press release that didn't mention AT&T directly.

"The potential to over-hype and under-deliver on the 5G promise is a temptation that the wireless industry must resist", Verizon's CTO Kyle Malady wrote in the ad. Carriers are using all tools at their disposal as they race to try to convince consumers they'll be "first" with 5G. AT&T did hint a year ago that it might use other spectrum bands for 5G aside from its millimeter-wave spectrum. Meaning you got 5G service in your home, but as soon as you got into your auto, you were back on 4G LTE. Instead, it's based on its own take of 5G technology. Last year AT&T said it would expand its 5G service into a total of 19 cities early in 2019.

AT&T has drawn ridicule by relabeling the network used by some of its phones as "5G E" to signal that the next-generation wireless network is here. It's something that AT&T should definitely reverse, and if there's enough negative feedback regarding the feature, it might just get rolled back. The company also plans to bring 5G service to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the next few months, according to a separate announcement.

This isn't the first time that AT&T has done something like this. This was marketed as 4G by AT&T (and T-Mobile), even though it really wasn't 4G. Though that was still a bit different. On the other hand, the speeds and capacity available through sub-6GHz spectrum likely will be much lower than the speeds available through millimeter-wave transmissions (though there are a variety of other circumstances - including the distance between a user and a transmission tower - can also affect speeds and capacity).

And Elbaz' response to the accusations of misleading "5G E" labeling?

LTE networks have become so expansive and reliable in the United States that it can be hard to remember what life was like before 4G LTE.

T-Mobile said as part of its preliminary fourth-quarter and full-year earnings announce today that the 7 million customers it added in 2018 marks the fifth straight year the company has added more than 5 million customers during the course of a year. As we all know, all GIFs are great.

In a video posted on Twitter, T-Mobile portrays a person who covers his phone's LTE logo with a "9G" sticker, while tweeting sarcastically that "didn't realize it was this easy".

Mobile and Verizon rebuke AT&T’s fake 5G efforts