Perhaps now more than ever, the wireless industry is just one huge game of one-upmanship, which is why it’s not entirely surprising that when one carrier announces faster speeds are coming everyone else follows suit.
In the past few days, both Sprint and T-Mobile have beaten their chests about how much better their networks are going to be in 2017, with higher speeds and greater reliability.
Never one to be left out of an opportunity to congratulate itself, AT&T just jumped in as well, promising 5G technology and absolutely ridiculous data speeds. Here’s what each company says it’s going to do in the next 12 months:
“We’ll also continue to expand our toolbox with other solutions to keep pace with growing traffic and build a strong foundation for 5G.
Lastly, in 2017 we expect to unveil some innovative work with 256 QAM and Massive MIMO pushing 1 Gbps class speed boundaries, all on our licensed spectrum.
This will be an important demonstration with speed as a proxy for capacity showcasing the incredible potential of our deep 2.5 GHz spectrum position.”
“We’re advancing our network further every day. In fact, while Verizon is talking about 1 Gbps on 5G, just last week we reached nearly 1 Gbps (979 Mbps) on our LTE network in our lab thanks to a combination of three carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM (and an un-released handset). This is the fastest speed possible on a mobile device today and T-Mobile will absolutely be first to Gigabit speeds!”