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Verizon Promises It Won't Lie About 5G, Unlike AT&T's '5G E'

AT&T's "5G E" service-which is not actually connected to a new 5G network-was launched in December.

All four major wireless carriers in the USA are gearing up to launch the first nationwide 5G network, but phones capable of connecting to 5G won't be available for another few months.

They have called upon the 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".

Despite chastising AT&T, Verizon has also adopted the 5G label for technology that doesn't meet the industry 5G standard. Having 5G E simply means the phone is in a market or area with "enhanced experience".

Some Android smartphone users who recently updated their handsets may found that the old "LTE", or 4G, icon at the top of their screen has been relabeled as "5G E", meaning 5G Evolution. Will the real 5G please stand up? From the outside looking in, it appears AT&T is intentionally trying to deceive customers by playing loosey-goosey with the 5G nomenclature. So as much as it sounds like Verizon is mocking AT&T and firing shots at their biggest competitor, it's for the good of the wireless industry. Even though LTE has improved over time thanks to carrier aggregation, 256 QAM, 4x4 MIMO and other buzzwords, the tech is still completely different from mmWave, i.e., 5G.

In 2018, AT& made a decision to design its own cell site routers and released those hardware specs as open blueprints so any hardware maker can build them for AT&T. Still, AT&T highlighted Band 14 boosts in cities including Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco, where first responders have sought additional capacity.

The third largest USA mobile carrier was expected to add 857,900 new phone subscribers, according to research firm FactSet.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere addressed the situation in his recent 2019 predictions blog post, saying that AT&T would "basically be lying to their customers" with this 5G E icon and promising that he and the rest of T-Mo "will continue to call them on it". 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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