AT&T dampens the enthusiasm over Verizon's 2016 5G field trial

AT&T dampens the enthusiasm over Verizon's 2016 5G field trial
Last week, Verizon got everyone buzzing about 5G. Not only did the nation's largest carrier say that field trials for the next generation wireless service would start next year, but chief information and technology architect Roger Gurnani said that "some level of commercial deployment" would begin by 2017. But by telling consumers not to get too carried away, AT&T is playing its usual part as the buzzkill.

Most in the industry don't see 5G launching until 2020 at the earliest. So AT&T Mobility CEO Glen Lurie, talking at the CTIA trade show last week, made it clear that it's main rival might be getting ahead of itself. Lurie indicted the whole industry for overpromising and underdelivering, although his comments were probably aimed specifically at Verizon.

With Verizon taking the early 5G lead in the U.S., what more could AT&T do but try to pour cold water on the whole conversation? While AT&T's Lurie said, "We're not at a point to be making promises or commitments to customers as to what 5G is," Verizon responded by saying, "Innovation happens when you're willing to look at things a little differently than others, and you're willing to put in the hard work to make your vision a reality."

Right now, this is more a battle over perception than reality, and AT&T does not want to lose any subscribers to a technology that is not even available right now. When it does come, we could see speeds 50 times as fast as 4G LTE. A movie that takes 6 minutes to load on your phone now, would take only 15 seconds with 5G.

There is a bit of deja vu with this back and forth. In 2008, Verizon announced it was testing 4G LTE (rumors circulated the next year that an iPhone 4G was being tested) with AT&T telling everyone to sit back and wait. Sound familiar?

source: CNET



9. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Oh balls, it's the "4G" wars all set to go again. Unless speeds start at 100Mbps (or 1Gbps...? Have the standards been redefined yet?) then it's not 5G. Their speeds aren't even consistently faster than DSL.

8. techfanatic23

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

Excellent news! I'll be rocking the newest edition galaxy note with grandfathered unlimited data on blazing fast Verizon 5g.

10. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

verizon doesn't even have unlimited data.

16. troutsy

Posts: 384; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Your plan right now only has unlimited 4G data. You must be a customer at vzw long enough to know you're not touching 5G on that plan....

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31813; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Verizon did get 4G out first though. 5G isn't too much of a stretch.

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2428; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I wouldn't mind paying a premium if I was getting a service worth the price tag.

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2428; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Data caps do make this technology pointless in the form of mobile telecommunications subscriptions because of how the plans are set up and structured in price and quantity. It will just be more of a marketing pedestal for the corporations than an actual usage value for consumers.

2. Galen20K

Posts: 588; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

It's always nice to look ahead but honestly, 4G LTE is MORE than a Enough for the forseeable future, for 0nce I agree with Att.

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Pointless if there's still data caps. Bring unlimited data back and Verizon will have my money.

7. TechNeck

Posts: 659; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Verizon isn't getting my money, I'm sticking with T-Mobile. Getting a 6S for a price of a 6 is GOLD and the Data Stash... *_*

12. Omarc07

Posts: 593; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i was gonna say the same thing bring back unlimited data ,but i on At&t have over 25 gigs of rollover data ,thats alot for me .

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless