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This American telecom puts "5G" on the current 4G smartphones

5G will be going to the center stage next year as unit manufacturers and telecoms companies will rush to offer the next mobile generation technology to the masses. In the US, the operator AT & T makes something somewhat scary, making it possible to "5G" in existing 4G coverage areas.

According to AT&T, their customers will begin to see "5G E" on their smartphones, and this is their first step toward 5G. They added that they have already made improvements to their existing 4G LTE network to allow faster speeds for the latest devices.

To do this, AT&T has upgraded its network to enable 4 × 4 MIMO carrier aggregation while 256 QAM can increase its data throughput. To summarize, AT&T calls its faster LTE advanced network like 5G. They mentioned that 5G E will be available in over 400 markets by the end of 2018, and you know you get it when the phone shows 5G E.

So far, it is believed that this new label will appear on selected Android devices and that is not clear whether Apple will support this 5G moniker on their devices. If you look at their previous models, Apple is expected to take its time with 5G. When the first iPhone was launched, it did not support 3G, and then 4G was only supported much later in Malaysia, starting with the iPhone 5 via a software update.

This is not the first time an American operator has re-branded its existing technology as anything new. In the early days of 4G, T-Mobile had marketed its HSPA + network as 4G. On paper, HSPA + was able to deliver download speeds of up to 42 Mbps, which is faster than the actual speeds you can get on early 4G networks.

For Malaysia, it will take a couple of years for 5G to be rolled out. Commercial 5G attempts are expected to start in 2019, and the Malaysian government has not yet offered spectrum for telecoms to operate 5G. In addition, standardization for 5G must mature, and we also need a number of compatible devices before we can see a mass deployment for 5G.

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