AT&T’s 5G network speeds feel a lot like 4G LTE right now

The first mobile 5G networks are already here, but there’s no reason whatsoever to get excited right now. Carriers are making a big deal about the new telecom standard, but we’re probably still a few years away from experiencing decent 5G coverage, and there’s no telling when consistent data speeds worth of the 5G moniker will actually arrive. Because right now, 5G will not feel that much faster than 4G, as we’ve seen in speed tests from actual users.A few days ago, AT&T made a big deal about launching the first 5G mobile hotspot in the US — no, the first 5G device you can try out isn’t a smartphone — and some users have already put that Netgear Nighthawk 5G hotspot to the test. The results were posted on Reddit, and they’re not at very exciting.

One Speedtest result on 5G shows speeds of 194.88Mbps (download) and 17.08Mbps (upload). But as impressive as they may sound, these speeds are only marginally better than what 4G LTE offers on the same device: 187.44Mbps down and 8.14Mbps up.

The 5G test was performed in Indianapolis, one of AT&T’s markets where 5G is turned on right now. Here’s how Reddit user mwb6d described the experience:

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