Last week, AT&T proudly crowned itself as “the nation’s fastest wireless network,” buoyed by speed tests from Ookla and its misleadingly named 5G E — i.e., LTE — network. But there’s just one problem: as Ookla has taken the time to point out in a blog post, AT&T’s claim isn’t nearly as resounding of a victory as the company has declared. Now, it is true that AT&T did have the fastest overall mean mobile broadband speeds in America in Q1 2019. But taken as a whole for the quarter, AT&T’s average download speed was 34.65 Mbps — only marginally better than T-Mobile’s 34.11 Mbps average speeds, or Verizon’s 33.07 Mbps. It’s part of an upward trend for AT&T, which has spent the last year with dramatically slower speeds than competitors T-Mobile and Verizon, for a very simple reason: the company was far slower to adopt the newer LTE technologies (things like MIMO — multiple antennas … [Read more...] about Speed test results push back against AT&T’s ‘fastest network’ 5G E claims
You've probably already heard about 5G, the new cellular technology that's poised to bring massive change to both mobile and fixed wireless data networks. What you may be wondering is how 5G differs from 4G, the current cellular network standard, and what benefits the new technology will bring both enterprises and individual users.To bring you up to speed on 5G's structure and capabilities, and how it improves on 4G technology, here's a quick update:What is 5G? As the latest step forward in cellular network evolution, 5G will see untold thousands of small antennas deployed onto cell towers, utility poles, lampposts, buildings and other public and private structures. The technology, which is designed to supplement rather than replace current 4G networks, promises to accelerate cellular data transfer speeds from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps and beyond, a massive boost that will make next-generation wireless competitive with even the fastest fiber-optic wired networks.Overall, 5G should … [Read more...] about 5G versus 4G: How speed, latency and application support differ
One of the principal themes of CES 2019 in Las Vegas, which launches Tuesday, will be the "arrival" of 5G Wireless. If you're a CES veteran, you'll recall the "arrival" of HDTV, or at least one of the many events over the years presented as an "arrival." Mobile technologies could use a big arrival right now.Also: CES 2019: What to expect from the chipmakersLast week, Apple declared a revenue shortfall for its fiscal Q1 2019 quarter, particularly on account of lower iPhone revenue in China and emerging markets. The news, if not statistically, at least substantively verified analysts' suspicions that the smartphone market had reached saturation, for iPhone and perhaps the market as a whole. This on top of ever-increasing trade tensions between China, and the US and Canada, in a dispute that now involves detaining each other's suspected saboteurs -- a spat the US President dubbed a "necessary trade war" in a December tweet. China's Huawei, suspected by some US … [Read more...] about CES 2019: Are the newly launched ‘5G’ services truly 5G Wireless?
Further ReadingDon’t buy a 5G smartphone—at least, not for a whileThere's a new cellular network technology on the way, and the whole industry is banding together to upgrade from 4G LTE to 5G mmWave. The 5G upgrade will require new modem technologies, lots of new chips to pack into devices, and the need for new and more plentiful cell towers. That all sounds like a lot of hard work, so wouldn't it be easier to just update everyone's 4G icon to "5G" and call it a day? Welcome to AT&T's 5G plan, where perception and marketing is all that matters. AT&T is just going to start calling 4G LTE "5G E." The company started rolling out a software update to several Android phones over the weekend, and what was called "4G" yesterday is now called "5G" today. Through the power of marketing, AT&T now has "5G" in over 400 markets! AT&T's side of the story is that "5G E"—the "E" is for "Evolution"—is now going to be applied to areas of its network that have … [Read more...] about AT&T decides 4G is now “5G,” starts issuing icon-changing software updates
Talk about “5G” has been circulating for years now, but it’s only recently that the next-generation, super-fast wireless technology has become a real, tangible thing that people can actually use. Right now, only a tiny number of people across a very limited spread of locations have access to 5G. For most of us, 5G is still a mystery, full of tantalizing promise but few details. But that’s going to change as more carriers and device-makers start rolling out 5G products and service that can deliver blazing internet speeds to your smartphone and to your home. And we’re likely to learn a lot more about what 5G technology can do during the Consumer Electronics Show – one of the largest tech conferences in the world – that kicks off in a few days. Here’s everything you need to know about 5G, the wireless technology that will be in the spotlight at CES 2019: What is 5G? source Shutterstock 5G is the “evolution” … [Read more...] about What is 5G, how fast is it, and when is it coming?