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AT & T On Track With New High-Speed Network

Company says it is on course to start rolling out its 4th-generation wireless network technology in the second half of this year.

NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T Inc. says it is on track to start rolling out its 4th-generation wireless network technology in the second half of this year.

CEO Ralph De La Vega updated the company's plan Wednesday. He was speaking at a developer summit in Las Vegas ahead of the annual International Consumer Electronics Show.

AT&T's speedier network uses LTE, or Long Term Evolution, technology. That is the standard technology behind 4G networks.

De La Vega also said AT&T has mostly finished its rollout of HSPA+, an upgraded 3G network that AT&T considers part of its 4G network because it offers similar speeds.

AT&T, which previously said it planned to roll out LTE in 2011, expects the new network to be largely finished by the end of 2013.
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