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

11 January 2019
Verizon Takes Swipe at AT&T Over Its '5G E' Upgrade

T-Mobile CEO John Legere addressed the situation in his recent 2019 predictions blog post, saying that AT&T would "basically be lying to their customers" with this 5G E icon and promising that he and the rest of T-Mo "will continue to call them on it".

AT&T was the second United States operator to launch a commercial 5G service, however its network is limited to mobile hotspot services in parts of 12 cities in what seemed to be a last-ditch attempt to honour its pledge to go live in 2018. That stands for 5G Evolution, which is AT&T's branding for its advanced LTE technologies, such as 4X4 MIMO.

T-Mobile US's fourth-quarter wireless customer gains surpassed analyst estimates and topped strong growth at larger rival Verizon Communications, continuing the company's run as the fastest-growing USA mobile carrier.

Recently, AT&T began rebranding its LTE Advanced network on a select number of smartphones by replacing the existing 4G LTE logo with a new 5G E one.

AT&T has said 5G E provides average speeds of about 40Mbps and peak theoretical speeds of 400Mbps.

But AT&T is forging ahead.

T-Mobile's outperformance of even Verizon's surprisingly strong numbers is a signal that it's continuing to take the most market share among US carriers.

Verizon this week pledged that it won't falsely call 4G phones 5G, and AT&T's name change was also mocked by T-Mobile and Sprint.

The carrier said it'll brand the real 5G with mmWare technology as "5G+".

"What we're trying to do is two things".

And Elbaz' response to the accusations of misleading "5G E" labeling? When launching the device in December, AT&T said it became "the first and only company in the United States to offer a mobile 5G device over a commercial, standards-based mobile 5G network".