Google’s up to date icons will assist customers inform the distinction between sub-6GHz 5G, mmWave 5G, and LTE Superior Professional networks. The brand new iconography can be as follows.
- LTE with service aggregation (LTE+)
- Superior professional LTE (5Ge)
- sub-6GHz (5G)
- mmWave (5G+)
These 5G categorizations may seem to be a jumbled mess proper now, however let’s attempt put issues into perspective.
Several types of 5G and the place US carriers stand
Sub-6GHz 5G networks equivalent to these of AT&T and T-Cellular have wider protection than say Verizon’s mmWave “Extremely Wideband” community. However mmWave 5G is usually sooner than sub-6Ghz, despite the fact that they journey shorter distances. You’ll be able to learn extra about how precisely 5G works in our explainer put up right here.
At present within the US, Verizon solely presents mmWave 5G to shoppers on telephones just like the OnePlus eight 5G (UW), LG V60 ThinQ 5G (UW) or the Galaxy S20 Plus/Extremely (UW). The ‘UW’ denotes Verizon’s Extremely Wideband community (their branding for mmWave) so these telephones work on the mmWave spectrum and may present the 5G+ icon with Android 11.
AT&T presents each sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G to shoppers, however the protection of the latter on its community is restricted. AT&T additionally presents a controversial 5Ge connection, which stands for 5G Evolution. Nonetheless, it’s a rebranded 4G LTE-A community with barely sooner speeds than fundamental LTE.
AT&T has been closely criticized by the telecom trade for deceptive shoppers into believing they’ve some form of 5G expertise once they see the 5Ge community icon on their telephones. However the service supplier has now agreed to drop the 5Ge branding, at the least from it’s commercials. On the flip aspect, Google’s choice to retain the 5Ge community icon suggests that you simply’ll in all probability nonetheless see it in your AT&T telephones.
Coming to T-Cellular, most of its 5G protection is dealt with by sub-6Ghz tech, though it does have mmWave 5G in some areas. So that you’re way more more likely to see the 5G icon in your T-Cell phone as an alternative of 5G+, except the corporate decides to broaden mmWave protection down the road.