AT&T Says Its 4G Network Will Rival Verizon's In A Few Years

US wireless carrier AT&T says that its next generation 4G network will match Verizon’s service in the next two to three years, the company has said.

AT&T has not begun rolling out its 4G network but has plans to do so in the second half of this year. The company plans to offer 4G services in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio first and expand to other markers gradually.

Verizon, on the other hand, began rolling out its own 4G network last December. The company plans to cover 97 percent to 98 percent of the US with its 4G network.

Speaking during the D9 All Things D conference, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said that it would be some time before AT&T matches Verizon’s 4G network in terms speed, reliability and coverage.

de la Vega said that it would take two to three years before the two services become incomparable. US regulators are also looking into AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile with the company pledging that it would bring 4G network to 97 percent of the US when it launches.

“When we merge the networks of both companies and overlay our network to their network, it improves the quality and capacity for both customers,” de la Vega said, The Seattle Times reports.