A settlement has been reached in Sprint’s lawsuit against AT&T accusing the carrier of “blatantly misleading consumers” by using the term “5G E” to market its high-speed 4G connections.
“We have amicably settled this matter,” an AT&T spokesperson told the Dallas Business Journal. The exact terms of the agreement were not announced.
As part of the agreement, AT&T will continue using the “5G E” designation, a source told the Journal. This indicates Sprint was either compensated in some way or decided to drop the lawsuit.
AT&T first began using the “5G E” designation earlier this year. (AT&T iPhones connected to the network will show the label when connected to certain parts of the AT&T network.)
Sprint not only protested, but so did T-Mobile and Verizon, all of which are holding off using a 5G label until they actually activate their true 5G networks.
5G technology is still in its early stages in the United States, and the iPhone isn’t expected to offer support for the faster technology until 2020.