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

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

AT&T issued the update to the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, the LG V30, and the V40, and the changelog noted just a single item: "5G Evolution indicator support added". "We will not call our 4G network a 5G network if customers don't experience a performance or capability upgrade that only 5G can deliver".

While those improvements should help boost LTE speeds, it doesn't bring them anywhere near what 5G will be capable of.

Don't think you've got 5G cellular service just because of that that 5GE logo on the top of your phones. Now, rivals like Verizon and T-Mobile are both getting in on the action as well, hammering the company for its decision. "The potential to over-hype and under-deliver on the 5G promise is a temptation that the wireless industry must resist", it said. Though Malady doesn't call out AT&T directly, it's pretty clear what this letter is a response to.

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Verizon's Chief Technology Officer Kyle Malady wrote a blog post entitled "When we say '5G, ' we mean 5G". 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 a brief video posted to the official T-Mobile account on Twitter, we can see someone sticking a little piece of paper that says "9G" to an iPhone screen. "That's why 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". We ultimately doubt it will, but we'll keep our fingers crossed anyway.

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