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AT&T "5G E" is slightly slower than competitor's 4G

By mongeese · 11 replies
Mar 23, 2019
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  1. 5G E is what AT&T calls Gigabit LTE, which is an array of technologies that work together to make 4G networks faster. LAA lets signals jump between bands to avoid traffic, 256-bit QAM boosts a signal’s efficiency by 30%, and 4x4 MIMO doubles the number of antennas connecting a phone to a network. Combined, they can more than double a connection’s speed.

    Throughout February, OpenSignal collected information from 1,057,522 public network speed tests. On Gigabit LTE/5G E capable devices (shaded blue on the graph below), AT&T’s network performed very much the same as their competitor’s, excluding poor Sprint. This confirms what we all believe: 5G E is nothing special.

    However, AT&T has managed to find something in the fine print. OpenSignal used speed data from Gigabit LTE devices whether they were connected to a Gigabit LTE (or 5G E) network or not, for the very practical reason of there’s no way to know. But because all the networks were subject to the same standards, OpenSignal believes that this doesn’t matter.

    "OpenSignal’s note reveals their methodology is flawed," AT&T said to Ars Technica. "Speed-test data purporting to show the 'real-world experience of 5G Evolution' without verifying the capable devices were tested in a 5G Evolution coverage area as shown by the indicator does not accurately represent the 5G Evolution user experience."

    If 5G E is somehow marginally faster than Gigabit LTE, then that would require T-Mobile and Verizon’s networks to have much wider Gigabit LTE/5G E coverage to balance the graph out. That is absolutely possible, but it also means that you’re better off going with AT&T’s competitors anyway.

    According to Sprint, 54% of customers believe that 5G E is true 5G, and 43% believe that an AT&T 5G E capable smartphone will be able to run on future 5G networks. That’s a shockingly large portion of the market being duped by false claims.

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  2. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 531   +425

    No surprise there.
    lexster likes this.
  3. gigantor21

    gigantor21 TS Maniac Posts: 172   +233

    I am shocked, shocked I tell you!

    Seriously though, I don't get why AT&T would play themselves so badly.
    lexster likes this.
  4. lexster

    lexster TS Maniac Posts: 447   +218

    It's AT&T. No one is surprised by this.
  5. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 531   +425

    AT&T, too busy buying up companies instead of putting their money into building their network. I don't know how Randall keeps his job as CEO, if I was a controlling shareholder he would've been fired by now.
  6. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +191

    People actually use AT&T?? lol ok
  7. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 531   +425

    I have them as my home ISP since my only other choice is Spectrum/Charter and I won't give them any of my money.
  8. Zdplguy17

    Zdplguy17 TS Rookie

    No surprise here. They are very slow and cherry picking in deploying FTTH even in dense urban areas. And ever since I switched from at&t to Google Fi, I experienced there are some areas in my town where t-mobile has better coverage than at&t.
    As wireless carrier they suck at allowing BYOD unlocked Android phones to get all service features unless it is at&t version while others like Verizon and T-Mobile allow with no problem.
  9. Zdplguy17

    Zdplguy17 TS Rookie

    There are many people who have DirecTV, when as its own brand was awesome service for good value then At&t (Death Star) bought and destroyed it.
  10. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,377   +3,772

    This is a surprise? To ANYONE? Like old JP Barnum always said, "there's a sucker born every minute .... "
  11. ckm88

    ckm88 TS Addict Posts: 165   +119

    bro, some of us don't have a choice. :(
    pcnthuziast likes this.
  12. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +191

    I confess, I was trolling hard. My home internet provider is... yup. Sad indeed.
    ckm88 likes this.

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