Verizon Wireless and AT & T have talked about their 5G wireless networks, although they are extremely limited in availability at the moment. Verizon launched its 5G home internet service back in early October, while the AT&T 5G wireless counterparty launched in late December.
5G promises greatly improved download / upload speed, lower latency and greater overall capacity for the growing number of internet connected devices worldwide. But the first tests on AT&T 5G networks show that current customers do not get much higher than 4G speeds at best.
In a Reddit post first discovered by PC Magazine mwb6d reported on the results they received in the Indianapolis area. Needless to say, they weren't much better than 4G LTE. As you can see in the SpeedTest result below, mwb6d recorded download speeds of 1
Compare these numbers to AT & T's own 4G LTE network (also from mwb6d) and you'll be left to clear your head:  at indianapolis 4g "src =" https : //hothardware.com/ContentImages/NewsItem/46744/content/att_indianapolis_4g.jpg "/>
That's right, the 5G numbers barely surpassed downloads, and doubled upload speeds. uplink results that are real to what is possible on today's 4G LTE network.
By comparison, below my own result on AT & Ts 4G LTE networks using an iPhone X in rural North Carolina 20 miles southeast of Raleigh):
"The results were wildly inconsistent with the server, and most Indianapolis servers were poorly executed," wrote mwb6d. "I expected much lower pings than LTE, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Tested just across the street from a roof-mounted location that is only 3 stories high. RSRP -58, RSRQ -8. Windows 10 laptop. "
Of course, this is just one result, but it's just a sign that your mileage may vary when it comes to new technologies like 5G. It is highly likely that AT&T was trying to rush things just to meet its self-imposed "5G in 2018" deadline, so this is what we are left with.
Currently, AT & T's 5G service is offered (and the included Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot) Free for Customers and Businesses When the service "officially" runs in the spring, it will cost $ 70 a month with a 15 GB cap.
T-Mobile in the US T-Mobile launched third Both AT&T and Verin's efforts with 5G so far. "Someone asked us why we didn't clamoring to be part of this cluster," said T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray. "The answer is simple. We do not have the time or resources to waste the BS. The other guys are giant companies with money and time to burn. "