Which telecom company will win the 5g race

AT&T uazp54
Jul 14 8 Comments

Read this article below that summarizes where AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon are at in terms of 5G. I think it did a good job explaining what each company has done so far. So, who do you think will win this race?

https://www.fiercewireless.com/5g/5g-deployments-where-it-s-at-at-t-sprint-verizon-and-t-mobile

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  • Sprint Chickenlip
    The actual use cases are "neat" and "interesting", but until the bandwidth and coverage are justified, it's more of the same gamesmanship and marketing one-ups with each milestone. Ultimately....all of the carriers will win once we find a way to sell you what we're offering...
    Jul 22 5
    • AT&T / Eng
      DDM2K

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      With the still-spotty coverage for 5G-NR (we’re still talking about which PARTS of which cities) its best use for now is fixed wireless and wireline backup solutions.

      5GE required no new antenna hardware and was completed via backhaul upgrades. This *is* a scenario where “5G” footprint will follow 4GLTE.

      In hindsight, MOST people don’t care (aren’t aware) whether they’re in 4G (HSPA+) or 4GLTE. As long as they’re not on 3G. Likewise, as long as they see 5G, and not 4G, they’ll be satisfied for all practical uses.
      Jul 22
    • Sprint Chickenlip
      Exactly, folks will come to believe the new banner updates and begin to wonder why they're not on 5G or somehow that will make their experience poorer/better based on what they see. We no longer sell voice communication devices, it's all about entertainment and information and how fast we can pump that into faces. Honestly curious to see if we'll ever hit a point where input speed is "enough".
      Jul 23
    • AT&T / Eng
      DDM2K

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      My unsolicited opinion? I think the most demanding users are looking for the SSD of wireless networks, if you will. Physically incomparable performance using traditional hardware. But 5G can’t be so finicky and directional that you can’t drive along the interstate and maintain a VoLTE call. Buffers can only be so big. What I’m trying to say is when carriers do decide which flavor of 5G they’re deploying, it better be useful and practical for ALL services.

      Do you know the deal with Sprint VoLTE? Only major carrier I’ve seen thus far whose iPhones cannot use cellular data while on a cellular call. I’m still on a grandfathered Verizon plan since 2011 (shhh) and had to manually enable something via Settings > Cellular > LTE where I changed from Data to Voice and Data. There is no such setting on Sprint iPhones (ahem, “iPhones using Sprint SIM and carrier settings”)

      Not trying to grill or zing you. Genuinely curious if it’s some backend limitation or political or what.
      Jul 23
    • Sprint Chickenlip
      Just a business decision, I guess. Was with VZ when we launched VoLTE, moved to Sprint when I took that fantastic package and was amazed to hear Sprint was about 3 years behind. Give it a few months. The one thing I did note is that Sprint isn't worrying with certifying and updating older versions, so some iOS are going to be left to CDMA/LTE.

      Trust me, I get it, I missed my concurrent data/voice for about a year :)
      Jul 23
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      Especially if you’re on some gravy plan like the old Sprint SERO for $30/month. 😉
      Jul 23
  • AT&T / Eng
    DDM2K

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    The race never ends. There’s no finish line. 5G footprint is still fluid and will =/= 4G footprint.
    Jul 15 0
  • Cisco / Eng rKId52
    The standards have not been clearly defined. Even the problem hasn't been clearly defined. The carrier's are only as good as their equipment suppliers. There is no innovation by these telecomm vendors, like Nokia, Ericsson or even Huawei. True 5G will take a long time to materialize.
    Jul 18 0