AT&T will say you’ve "5G E" in your 4G telephone as a result of advertising trumps fact
Perhaps you heard about AT&T’s new 5G community and thought “hey, 5 is greater than four so it is clearly higher”, after which proceeded to anxiously wait to have 5G in your telephone. Excellent news! It is coming manner before you may need anticipated. Solely it is not really 5G. Confused? That is precisely the place AT&T’s advertising division needs you.
First off, let’s make clear. The service’s 5G community is actual however is just going to be obtainable in a really restricted variety of locations at first, as with all new cellular applied sciences. Additionally, there may be not one 5G succesful handset in the marketplace proper now. Positive, a bunch of these will most likely be introduced at CES, however the rollout of each the 5G community and the gadgets to assist it’s going to take a while.
And but 5G is shaping as much as be by far the most important buzzword of 2019, so what’s a service to do with the intention to bounce proper into that scorching motion? Effectively, AT&T thought up a pleasant trick. It is referred to as “5G E” and it is not 5G. Critically, it is really 4G with 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM. That is the perfect iteration of 4G ever, nevertheless it’s nonetheless 4G.
Nevermind all that, AT&T execs mentioned, we’ll simply name it 5G E from 2019 onwards. And we’ll work with Android gadget makers so that there is going to be a 5G E indicator of their standing bar the place 4G was. For actual, that is taking place.
The preliminary rollout will cowl “a handful of gadgets”, in line with an AT&T spokesperson, “with extra gadgets exhibiting the indicator in spring 2019”. This needs to be the quickest (and least expensive) 5G rollout there’s ever going to be. Besides, you recognize, it is not really 5G. Last twist: the service’s 5G service will probably be branded 5G+. As a result of “5G” clearly would not have been sufficient, or straightforward to distinguish for customers from the 5G networks of its rivals.
Sadly AT&T is not the primary service ever to tug one thing like this. Manner again when T-Cellular referred to as its 3G HSPA+ community as 4G as a result of it was late to leap on the precise 4G practice, and Dash even branded its WiMax community as 4G again when that (and Dash itself) appeared to have a future. RIP, WiMax.