AT&T’s 5G E community isn’t really 5G. You in all probability knew that, however since we’ll by no means get uninterested in dunking on it, a brand new examine (through Ars Technica) now exhibits that 5G E isn’t simply deceptive, it proves that AT&T’s present 4G LTE speeds can really be slower than different carriers who make use of related LTE Superior and Superior Professional applied sciences. Maybe this is the reason AT&T is attempting to brush the lie beneath the rug.
The examine by Opensignal measured and in contrast obtain speeds from AT&T’s 5G E community to the outcomes from different carriers’ 4G LTE companies. From Ars Technica:
OpenSignal knowledge is predicated on crowdsourced velocity checks that may be carried out by anybody utilizing OpenSignal’s apps for iPhone and Android. OpenSignal advised us in the present day’s report is predicated on checks on 1,057,522 gadgets nationwide, throughout all 4 carriers, between January 28 and February 26.
Solely sure telephones are able to AT&T’s 5G E speeds and, as anticipated, they’re quicker than the slower AT&T 4G choices out there on lower-spec telephones. However even at its quickest obtain speeds (28.eight Mbps) AT&T’s 5G E positioned third out of the 4 carriers, with Verizon coming in first, T-Cell in second, and Dash in final. You may see the chart under that compares them.
Much more damning for 5G E: Opensignal notes that when the identical 5G E-compatible telephones are used on totally different networks, there isn’t a discernible distinction in velocity. It’s nearly as if there’s nothing particular in any respect about 5G E.
AT&T defended 5G E in a remark to Ars Technica, saying that “OpenSignal’s word reveals their methodology is flawed,” and that “Velocity-test knowledge purporting to point out the ‘real-world expertise of 5G Evolution’ with out verifying the succesful gadgets had been examined in a 5G Evolution protection space as proven by the indicator doesn’t precisely characterize the 5G Evolution person expertise.” We’ve reached out for additional remark.
The objective of Opensignal’s examine is to “quantify the real-world expertise of 5G E,” and seeing the numbers drives house that AT&T’s pretend 5G community is simply plain LTE. I believe my colleague Chaim Gartenberg mentioned it finest again in early 2017:
What AT&T is referring to as “5G Evolution” could also be quicker than its present 4G networks, however calling it 5G is a meaningless advertising and marketing transfer designed to confuse clients and make AT&T look like it has a technological leg up on the slicing fringe of wi-fi expertise. It’s, plainly talking, bullshit.
AT&T is, like the opposite carriers, at work on an actual 5G community. In the event you’re eagerly awaiting true 5G connectivity, AT&T, T-Cell, Dash, and Verizon every plan to launch their respective companies in 2019. However successfully, there’s no such factor as a community for 5G telephones proper now.