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

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

Verizon 5G isn't ready for mobile use yet, but it's a bigger change than simply relabeling a 4G phone as 5G.

"We're calling on the broad wireless industry to commit to labeling something 5G only if new device hardware is connecting to the network using new radio technology to deliver new capabilities", he said.

Despite chastising AT&T, Verizon has also adopted the 5G label for technology that doesn't meet the industry 5G standard. 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.

"The potential to over-hype and under-deliver on the 5G promise is a temptation that the wireless industry must resist", Verizon's chief technology officer Kyle Malady wrote in the ad.

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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. AT&T did hint previous year that it might use other spectrum bands for 5G aside from its millimeter-wave spectrum. Verizon called this the "first commercial 5G network" but it really wasn't. Instead, it's based on its own take of 5G technology.

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AT&T said it aims to enhance network capacity by 50 percent since 2017 - providing connectivity for consumers and first responders in urban and rural areas nationwide. AT&T calls it "building a narrative". In fact, AT&T's rivals have even better LTE Advanced coverage than AT&T. The speed and strength with which Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile pushed back on AT&T's claims about its 5G capabilities demonstrates the priority that 5G holds in their plans for 2019 and beyond.

"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. 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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