AT & T was very concerned about being the first wireless provider in the United States to offer a consumer connection to a standards-based 5G network. One of the lucky ones who actually connected to this network recently placed a 5G speed test to Reddit and the results are … underwhelming.
Reddit user "mwb6d" placed a picture of their Netgear Nighthawk 5G hotspot connected to AT & T's 5G network. The user then placed two screenshots: a 5G speed test using the Nighthawk in Indianapolis directly opposite a low cell tower and then a test with the same equipment in the same place, but with the Nighthawk on LTE instead.
The two screenshots are below:
You will immediately notice that the two speed tests are very similar. They both have exactly the same ping time and their download speeds are in the same range. The only big difference between 5G and 4G is the upload speed: the 5G speed shows that 5G uploads are more than twice as fast as 4G.
Why are these speed tests so similar? Should not the 5G test be crazy, or at least much faster than the 4G test?
Although we need AT & T to explain things to be sure, the analysis points for AT & T & # 39; s 5G network in Indianapolis are so young that it is unable to deliver peak speeds. In fact, the current theoretical peak rate of the AT & T 625 Mbps 5G network is much slower than the theoretical peak rates of 4G LTE (1.2 Gbps).
In other words, even if you were lucky enough to get a 5G hotspot and also have the luck to live in an area where 5G is active, the only advantage is that you'll probably find higher upload speeds. For that you would have to travel around this Nighthawk hotspot, which hardly seems worthwhile.
This is probably the reason why AT & T & # 39; s deployment of the Nighthawk hotspot is so small. As far as we know, the company has not given the hotspot to journalists for testing and the two speed tests above (so far, anyway) are the only 5G speed controls of consumers we've seen online. It is not difficult to conclude from this information that AT & T was more concerned with first-to-5G than that it was ready to actually implement 5G.
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