AT&T 5G E service is slower than T-Mobile and Verizon 4G LTE, says report

AT&T 5G E indicator

There’s been a lot of talk about AT&T’s 5G E service lately, and a new report shows that AT&T’s 5G E-capable phones can actually be slower than the same devices on some other U.S. networks.

A study conducted by network testing firm OpenSignal shows that AT&T customers with 5G E-enabled smartphones get similar, if not slightly slower, speeds than T-Mobile and Verizon customers with the same phones. On Verizon, for example, customers with a phone deemed 5G E-capable by AT&T got an average speed of 29.9Mbps while AT&T customers with a 5G E phone got an average speed of 28.8Mbps.

The testing was conducted between January 28th and February 26th, 2019.

AT&T 5G E comparison OpenSignal

“At OpenSignal, we are not distracted by technology claims or marketing decisions,” OpenSignal says in its report. “We simply measure the real-world experience of users to see if one service delivers a better or worse experience than another.”

AT&T’s 5G E service is not actually 5G, but is 4G with LTE Advanced technologies like carrier aggregation, 256 QAM, and 4×4 MIMO to boost download speeds. Because of this, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that AT&T’s 5G E speeds are similar to those on Verizon and T-Mobile, which have also rolled out these LTE Advanced technologies. 

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