AT&T Mobility head: Let's cool it with the 5G hype
Hoping to splash a little bit of chilly water on Verizon’s 5G testing information, AT&T Mobility chief Glenn Lurie is selling a “wait and see” strategy for the subsequent era of wi-fi know-how. “We’re not at some extent to be making guarantees or commitments to clients as to what 5G is,” Lurie informed CNET on the CTIA commerce present final week. “We as an business have been actually good at overpromising and underdelivering in terms of new know-how.” Whereas it might simply sound like injury management from AT&T, Lurie does have some extent. Verizon’s announcement that it will start testing 5G subsequent yr, with the potential for starting its 5G rollout in 2017, appears untimely once we do not even know what that know-how will finally seem like. Lurie’s feedback additionally really feel like a repeat of historical past: Verizon (which owns Engadget and AOL) began testing and rollout out 4G LTE earlier than AT&T again in 2008, at which level AT&T additionally promoted warning across the new tech.
Whereas LTE has the potential to be quicker than most house broadband connections (particularly as carriers undertake new spectrum and community upgrades), 5G might find yourself being 50 occasions quicker than LTE’s peak capabilities. That might make it even quicker than Google Fiber’s gigabit speeds. Moreover, you possibly can anticipate a lot much less latency with subsequent-gen networks.
In response to the AT&T slam, a Verizon consultant advised CNET, “Innovation occurs once you’re prepared to take a look at issues slightly in another way than others, and also you’re prepared to place within the exhausting work to make your imaginative and prescient a actuality.” Burn.
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