AT & T promises in its marketing materials that its 5G E service is a "first step on the road to 5G" and can offer "up to twice as fast as the standard LTE". However, the OpenSignal speed tests seem to indicate that this is not the case. The company has collected data from 5G E-enabled phones on the recently deployed AT & T 5G E network to smartphone users enjoying standard 4G LTE services from other operators. Although AT & T delivers fast data rates with an average download speed of 28.8 Mbps, AT & T has no discernable difference from most LTE networks. T-Mobile has reached a download speed of 29.4 Mbps, while Verizon users have an average of 29.9 Mbps.
In a statement provided to Engadget, AT & T claims that the OpenSignal study is inaccurate. "The OpenSignal rating reveals that their methodology is flawed," said an AT & T spokesperson. "Speed test data meant to show" the real-life experience of 5G Evolution "Without verifying that capable devices have been tested in a 5G Evolution coverage area, as shown in the indicator, do not accurately represent the 5G Evolution user experience."
Despite criticism, AT & T has been very active on the 5G E network. The company has introduced a 5G E indicator for smartphones on its network and has opened the pseudo-5G service in more than 100 sites to date. Competitive carriers took pictures against the company for the service, and Sprint went so far as to sue for branding.