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Verizon slams AT&T for using 5G network call signal

11 January, 2019, 12:41 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Now that 5G E icon has begun rolling out, and T-Mobile chose to poke fun at it. Besides the 5G hotspot, AT&T plans to offer two Samsung 5G phones this year.

Verizon has called on the mobile industry to not use the term 5G for services until they use actual 5G hardware and radio standards.

Verizon spokesman Kevin King said comparing Verizon's 5G service to AT&T's move is a mistake because Verizon has been clear that it wasn't using standards-compliant equipment right away.

"5G Evolution", or 5G E, is not true 5G.

AT&T is planning to replace the "4G LTE" logo on some smartphones with a "5G E" logo when they are connected to faster portions of its network, a decision that has caused a bit of an uproar on social media, and by the wireless carrier's competitors.

The push to garner more of that 5G buzz underscores excitement for the technology, which promises to bring a significant boost to speed and responsiveness, and serve as a foundation for other trends like self-driving cars, the Internet of Things and telemedicine.

Instead, AT&T wants to ride the 5G hype train of 2019 harder than most and has resorted to basically lying to its customers in this manner. "We can enable faster speeds now, and upgrade to 5G".

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.

If you ever wanted to know what false advertising looked like, well it's this update from AT&T.

But industry experts warned that this is simply the company's marketing strategy and is different from the standards-based 5G network that USA mobile carriers are building.

This isn't the first time that AT&T has done something like this. This is a major reason why many unlocked phones show "LTE" versus "4G", to avoid this confusion, and why it's called 4G LTE versus just simply 4G.

AT&T will expand its deal with Magic Leap - a company building augmented reality goggles - to include business solutions in addition to consumer offerings. 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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