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GettyImages-646727466 AT&T is pretending like 5G is already here – and misleading users
Sherri Watson | 11 January, 2019, 06:28

In reality, AT&T hasn't really deployed a 5G network yet - it's just renaming LTE Advanced and LTE Advanced Pro to 5GE. In an interview with Tom's Guide, AT&T senior vice president for wireless technology Igal Elbaz defends the label as something the carrier has already been talking about before. The executive insisted that they were "pretty public" about what 5G E actually was.

"Every company is guilty of building a narrative of how you want the world to work, and I love the fact that we broke our industry's narrative two days ago, and so they're frustrated and they're going to do what they do", Donovan said. "We're seeing more people taking connected devices, whether that be watches, whether that be more tablets and other things".

Donovan said the 5G E icon will be used in 400 markets across the USA where AT&T has deployed advanced LTE technologies.

Quite frankly, T-Mobile and Verizon are right. The carrier is calling the combination "5G Evolution". AT&T says that 5G E is different from its normal 4G network because it uses 256 QAM, 4x4 MIMO, and three-way carrier aggregation.

Verizon also took at shot at AT&T and called for the wireless industry at large to not misuse the 5G label.

"If network providers, equipment manufacturers, handset makers, app developers and others in the wireless ecosystem engage in behavior created to purposefully confuse consumers, public officials and the investment community about what 5G really is, we risk alienating the very people we want most to join in developing and harnessing this exciting new technology", wrote Malady.

Verizon said in December it was working with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to launch 5G enabled smartphones in the first half of 2019.