AT&T's 5G Evolution has data speeds slower than 4G LTE

AT&T's 5G Evolution has data speeds slower than 4G LTE
AT&T's misleading 5G Evolution is really an enhanced 4G service that uses some of the tools of the trade to hike its data speed. For example, 4 X 4 MIMO increases the number of connections between a phone and a cell tower, 256QAM sends more data to compatible handsets using the same amount of binary signals., and carrier aggregation combines spectrum from two or more carriers to increase the data capacity of a data channel. In other words, AT&T's 5G Evolution is not really 5G, which is why Sprint has sued AT&T over the use of the 5GE logo on certain handsets that are connected to the network.

A study released today by OpenSignal reveals that Verizon and T-Mobile's 4G LTE signals are actually a bit faster than the 5G Evolution service offered by AT&T. The data comes from phones that have the OpenSignal app installed. OpenSignal says that phones that are 5GE compatible had data speeds of 28.8Mbps on AT&T's faux 5G network. The same phones had 4G LTE data speeds of 29.9Mbps on Verizon, 29.4Mbps over T-Mobile and 20.4Mbps on Sprint.

In other words, AT&T's 5G Evolution speeds don't offer any advantage over 4G LTE speeds from its rivals. And even on phones not compatible with AT&T's 5GE signal, it was Verizon and T-Mobile tied at the top with data speeds of 19.4Mbps each followed by AT&T's 18.2Mbps and Sprint's 16.3Mbps. The data was collected between January 28th and February 26th of this year.

AT&T does have real 5G service available in 12 test cities right now through the use of the Netgear Nighthawk mobile hotspot. But even those data speeds have not been as fast as many expected them to be, barely surpassing the speed of the carrier's LTE-A service. Verizon is expected to kick off its 5G mobile service on April 11th. Sprint and T-Mobile will also launch 5G service this year.

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8 Comments

1. DarthJarJar

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

But to be fair their 3G is still faster than sprints 4G.

2. kevv2288

Posts: 308; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

True but they display 3G as 4G, as does T-Mobile

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That’s true sometimes.

4. kevv2288

Posts: 308; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Noticed AT&T changed their commercials to display it as 5G evolution, the original commercials said 5GE

5. Alter

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

In my experience 5GE has the exact same speed as LTE

8. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

-_- That's because it is LTE... You literally commented on an article that explains why.

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

They should use Huawei 5G equipment then only their network will be fast ;) Banning Huawei to avoid competition will make them to lie with people by renaming 4G into 5G. Same as a lie of Huawei spying. Did they rename NSA as Huawei?

7. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I hate the 5GE logo on my phone. When I see it I just think of fraud. And I hate fraud.

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