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4G network: AT&T to launch in five cities

4G network from AT&T – its next-generation wireless service – is set to launch this summer. Is your city on the list for its initial 4G network?

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AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets President and CEO Ralph de la Vega (right) jokes with Dan Hesse, chief executive officer of Sprint Nextel during a CEO roundtable at the International CTIA Wireless industry conference in Orlando, Fla., March 22, 2011. AT&T is due to roll out its 4G network starting this summer in five cities.

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NEW YORKAT&T says it will launch its new, faster wireless data network this summer in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

The head of AT&T's Business Solutions unit, John Stankey, told investors Wednesday that the network will cover 10 more cities by the end of the year.

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He says 20 phones and USB modems would be capable of using the network by then. Analysts don't expect the next iPhone model to be one of them.

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The network will use a technology called Long Term Evolution. It's what the industry recognizes as a fourth-generation, or 4G, technology, though AT&T calls its current network "4G" as well.

Rival Verizon Wireless launched its LTE network in December, and touts it as providing download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second.