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AT&T’s 4G Network is No Match for Verizon

AT&T may have brought life to the iPhone, but Verizon’s 4G coverage remains on top-and will, executives say, for some time to come.

In an address to the D9 Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on Thursday AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega emphasized the wireless provider’s plans to release its own 4G LTE network this summer, telling the audience, “Within two to three years, LTE coverage will be indistinguishable.”

But only five cities have agreed to partner with AT&T’s 4G launch so far, and with the emergence of 4G-enabled devices at a faster rate this year than ever before, the company has a long way to go before seeing the success that Verizon enjoys. CNN reports that AT&T’s only chance at catching up in the immediate future is to form a faster partnership with T-Mobile that will allow them to make use of the company’s cell sites.

As of the first quarter 2011, AT&T is the second largest wireless carrier in the United States, coming in behind-you guessed it-Verizon.

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