AT&T is 'proud' of 5Ge phone claim critics say is misleading


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.

In this blog post, Verizon is calling on the wireless industry to only label something 5G "if new device hardware is connecting to the network using new radio technology to deliver new capabilities".

"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).

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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.