Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
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Verizon Takes Swipe at AT&T Over Its '5G E' Upgrade

Verizon Takes Swipe at AT&T Over Its '5G E' Upgrade

AT&T has been the target of a lot of criticism in recent weeks after confirming that it would roll out a "5G E" icon to Android phones that support its 5G Evolution network, which actually uses 4G LTE technologies like 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and 3-way carrier aggregation to boost download speeds. Let's be clear here: you are not getting any sort of real 5G via a software update. They've called AT&T's efforts confusing and deliberately misleading in an effort to get consumers to think they're using AT&T's 5G service when they aren't.

AT&T has now switched on its "5G Evolution" service meaning a "5Ge" symbol will appear in the corner of Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, LG V30, and LG V40 devices.

A war of words has erupted in the wireless industry as Verizon and T-Mobile lash out against AT&T over its new marketing term 5G E, which suggests devices are connected to a 5G network.


T-Mobile, however, took another tack more fitting its corporate personality by roundly mocking its rival on Twitter.

"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", Malady wrote.

Doing so would break an enduring and simple promise we've made to our customers: That each new wireless generation makes new things possible. "We can enable faster speeds now, and upgrade to 5G when it's ready". It's why we committed to build the first 5G Ultra Wideband network. He added that "When we say '5G, ' we mean 5G". And we challenge our competitors, vendors and partners to join us. 5G is the current buzzword in the industry and a lot of customers are eagerly waiting for its rollout, but this is surely not a way to do it.

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