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

A 9G sticker on a smartphone

AT&T has drawn ridicule by relabeling the network used by some of its phones as "5G E" to signal that the next-generation wireless network is here.

Some Android phones already claim they're connected to a 5G network. Verizon recently started rolling out a, but it's rather than the 5G NR (New Radio) global standard. It launched 5G back in October, in its quest to be "first".

An AT&T announcement yesterday said that its real 5G network will be ready nationwide in early 2020, using sub-6GHz spectrum.

And Elbaz' response to the accusations of misleading "5G E" labeling?

The largest USA wireless carrier was expected to add 355,600 new subscribers, according to research firm FactSet. AT&T said data traffic on its mobile network has grown more than 470,000% since 2007 with video making up half of mobile data. Despite a bumpy, much-delayed windup to the network's March launch, the network has rapidly added subscribers - 3,600 public safety agencies were members as of October, up 150% from July.

The results suggest it'll be tough for AT&T and T-Mobile's planned merger partner Sprint to hit their current estimates for subscriber growth in a mature wireless market that has seen little new-customer growth overall. The 5Ge refers to 5G Evolution, AT&T's name for its LTE-Advanced upgrade. Instead, you will still be using 4G LTE service, but with a mix of technologies (4×4 MIMO antennas, 256 QAM and carrier aggregation) that could potentially provide faster speeds.

"It's not really 5G, and it's very confusing to people", he said.

Samsung, like Apple, feels sting of slowing global growth
CNBC also reported that Samsung is expecting a revenue drop of about 11% to about 59 trillion won (~$52 billion) for one year ago. Samsung had a smashing 2018 performance with multiple record-breaking quarters, mostly thanks to a boom in memory chips demand.

Verizon, meanwhile, published full-page ads on major newspapers including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal that hinted at AT&T's fake 5G service.

Verizon took a minute to stand on a soapbox this morning and warn the wireless industry that they shouldn't over sell 5G. This residential service is meant to compete with cable rather than offer cellular connectivity outside the home.

According to PCMag, however, Verizon plans to switch to the global standard sometime this year, with new equipment free to customers.

AT&T confirmed plans for three 5G devices for 2019: NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot and two 5G smartphones from Samsung this year.

Competitor network T-mobile decided to make fun of this announcement by tweeting a video of a person posting a sticky note saying "9G" on their phone.

AT&T declined to comment about the pushback.

AT&T will expand its deal with Magic Leap - a company building augmented reality goggles - to include business solutions in addition to consumer offerings.

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