AT&T put a stake in the ground with plans to offer nationwide mobile 5G services by "early" next year.
Some Android phones already claim they're connected to a 5G network.
"5G Evolution", or 5G E, is not true 5G. Instead, AT&T chose to rebrand years-old LTE Advanced technology as "5G Evolution." Ugh. 5G Evolution technologies enable a peak theoretical wireless speed of at least 400Mbps for capable devices.
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 network expansion continues after a fast-growing first year for FirstNet, which is borne of a partnership between AT&T and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).More news: IL officials urge vaccination after child dies of flu
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However, we must remember that Verizon is not completely innocent here when it comes to marketing 5G.
AT&T, which made investment for the deployment of LTE-M in 2017, connects more IoT devices than any other provider in North America.
AT&T said that, by the end of this year, it expects its network capacity to increase by 50% since 2017.
"Witnessing the real, tangible and - at times - life-saving impacts that FirstNet had in 2018 fuels us to keep moving quickly to blanket the country with reliable connectivity", said Chris Sambar, AT&T's senior vice president for FirstNet, in a statement. It is, in fact, a technology that everyone else calls "LTE-A" or LTE Advanced.
Still, Verizon's 5G home Internet seems like a real upgrade over Verizon 4G; Verizon's early 5G uses 28GHz spectrum instead of the low-band spectrum used for 4G, and Verizon says its 5G home Internet can hit speeds of almost 1Gbps.
"They're entitled to call their product whatever they want", Leigh said. 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.