Verizon Says T-Mobile's 5G Brag Is 'Baloney'

T-Mobile and Verizon are both claiming an important first for millimeter wave (mmWave) high-band 5G networking, on Twitter, naturally.

This week, Neville Ray, CTO of T-Mobile US Inc. tweeted:

"Baloney," Verizon's VP of corporate communications clapped back on Twitter Thursday. T-Mobile, he said, was "months behind... Sad." citing a February press release from Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ).

Completed two-way data sessions using the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 5G New Radio (5G NR) specification are basically table stakes for providing 5G mobile data services. (5G doesn't support voice as of now.) So all carriers will need to complete such testing, sooner rather than later, even if they don't announce it.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

mendyk 6/1/2018 | 1:56:57 PM
Money well spent, if not spent well Good to see two very senior and probably well-paid executives getting into a vanilla tweet spat.
DanJones 6/1/2018 | 4:51:45 PM
UPDATED Updated with more comment from TMo
Phil_Britt 6/3/2018 | 6:25:59 PM
Re: UPDATED These claims and counterclaims will continue as long as the definition of "achieving 5G" can be somewhat loosely interpreted.
DanJones 6/4/2018 | 11:31:43 AM
Re: UPDATED ompleting a data session using 3GPP NR spec *is* acheiving 5G.
Phil_Britt 6/4/2018 | 7:19:19 PM
Re: UPDATED I remember writing aboiut 3G being "right around the corner" for the several years the industry was at 2.5G.
kq4ym 6/18/2018 | 8:52:03 AM
Re: UPDATED i wonder how useul cutting down the competition publicy is to the brand or even the bottom line profits each quarter. It would seem selling your brand's advantages should be enough, and why possibly waste resources attacking the competition?
Phil_Britt 6/18/2018 | 9:43:10 AM
Re: UPDATED If there's not enough to promote your brand, attacking the competition becomes the default position. In late 1970s advertising classes, the mantra wan not to mention the competion (with the exception of the generic "other brands").
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