The AT & T 5G E network is not really 5G. You probably knew it, but since we'll never tire of immersing ourselves in it, a new study (through Ars Technica ) now shows that 5G E is not only misleading, it shows that AT & T's current 4G LTE speeds may be slower than other companies using similar LTE Advanced and Advanced Pro technologies. Maybe that's why AT & T is trying to sweep the lie under the rug.
The Opensignal study measured and compared the download speeds of the 5G E network of AT & T with the results of the 4G LTE services of other operators. As of Ars Technica :
OpenSignal data is based on multiple collaboration speed tests that can be performed by anyone who uses OpenSignal applications for iPhone and Android. OpenSignal told us that today's report is based on tests on 1,057,522 devices across the country, between the four operators, between January 28 and February 26.
Only certain phones are capable of AT & T 5G E speeds and, as expected, are faster than the slowest AT & T 4G offers available on phones with lower specifications. But even at its fastest download speeds (28.8 Mbps), the AT & T 5G E ranked third of the four carriers, with Verizon first, T-Mobile in second place and Sprint last. You can see the table below that compares them.
Even more damaging to 5G E: Opensignal points out that when using the same 5G E compatible phones in different networks, there is no discernible difference in speed. It is almost as if there is nothing special about 5G E.
AT & T defended 5G E in a comment to Ars Technica saying that "the OpenSignal note reveals that its methodology is flawed" and that "speed test data that purports to show the 'real-world experience of 5G Evolution' without verifying that capable devices were tested in a 5G Evolution coverage area as shown by the indicator does not represent with precision the 5G Evolution user experience. " I have come to more comments.
The objective of the Opensignal study is to "quantify the real-world experience of 5G E", and seeing the numbers makes the fake 5G network of AT & T simply LTE. I think my colleague Chaim Gartenberg said it was better to go back in early 2017:
What AT & T refers to as "5G Evolution" may be faster than its current 4G networks, but calling it 5G is a nonsensical marketing move designed to confuse customers and make AT & T look like it has a technological edge at the forefront of wireless technology. It is obviously silly.
AT & T is, like the other operators, working on a real 5G network. If you are eagerly waiting for true 5G connectivity, AT & T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon plan to launch their respective services in 2019. But in fact, there is no network for 5G phones at this time.