What's in a name? 5G wireless claims, but no real network

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AT&T is pretending like 5G is already here – and misleading users

Now that 5G E icon has begun rolling out, and T-Mobile made a decision to poke fun at it. In it, Kyle Malady, Verizon's chief technical officer, writes, "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".

AT&T is upgrading its LTE networks as a foundation for a nationwide mobile 5G launch with the expansion of its "5G Evolution" technology in more than 400 USA markets, according to an announcement. Not only was it a fixed 5G network, but it also was not using the 5G standard that is being used around the world. Verizon is anxious that some will "over-hype and under-deliver" as temptation slides in for the awesomeness that is the future of 5G. The so-called "5G E" icon stands for "5G evolution", but the carrier's network is still based on 4G.

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"The T-Mobile team delivered our best customer results ever in Q4 2018, and we did it in a competitive climate while working hard to complete our merger with Sprint", said T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

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"What we're trying to do is let them know that there is an enhanced experience in their market", Elbaz reiterated when asked whether the 5G E term was misleading.

The company has been investing heavily in its next generation 5G network, which will become the backbone of its largest business.

AT&T, which made investment for the deployment of LTE-M in 2017, connects more IoT devices than any other provider in North America. Still, AT&T highlighted Band 14 boosts in cities including Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco, where first responders have sought additional capacity. That little space caused a big stir after AT&T chose to add a new symbol, called 5Ge. It is, in fact, a technology that everyone else calls "LTE-A" or LTE Advanced. 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. 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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