T-Mobile US's fourth-quarter wireless customer gains surpassed analyst estimates and topped strong growth at larger rival Verizon Communications, continuing the company's run as the fastest-growing USA mobile carrier. This is the result of some fairly shady rebranding on the part of AT&T who pretends improvements to its LTE network make it no longer 4G.
The executive adds that AT&T's infrastructure is 5G-ready, and can be enabled via a software upgrade.
Some Android devices that take advantage of its additional LTE capabilities already display "5G E" at the top of their screens.
T-Mobile's outperformance of even Verizon's surprisingly strong numbers is a signal that it's continuing to take the most market share among US carriers.
But AT&T is forging ahead.
"What we're trying to do is two things".
To be fair, AT&T isn't exactly hiding the fact that its 5G E or 5G Evolution isn't really 5G at all. In light of this, real 5G can't arrive fast enough. Regardless of the aesthetic change, AT&T phones are not running on a 5G network.
Again, it's not 5G, and other networks have the same upgrades.
"I think the result of last month, beating the industry out [with the 5G hotspot], and this 5G E launch a couple of days ago, our competitors are frustrated", Donovan said. AT&T will also use millimeter-wave spectrum for higher speeds, but didn't provide details on when that will go live or how extensively it will be deployed.