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AT&T brings 4G LTE to five more cities, but still lags Verizon

The latest additions bring its coverage to 125 cities, still far behind the 470 markets Verizon has covered with LTE.

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Soon to up the ante? AT&T

AT&T said today that it has brought its faster 4G LTE network to five more cities, as well as expanded coverage in a few major cities.

Green Bay, Wis.; Springfield, Mass.; Tucson, Ariz.; Melbourne, Fla.; and Oxford, Miss. are the newest additions to AT&T's LTE network. That brings the total to 125 cities.

Customers in Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York, and Salt Lake City should all benefit from better coverage as well.

The faster connection enabled by a 4G LTE network has been a chief selling point for the carriers this year. Verizon, however, has had a distinct advantage, and has lost no opportunity to tout the breadth of its own coverage -- more than all of the other carriers combined -- alongside its network quality message. After the latest round of deployments that will be turned on Thursday, the carrier will have covered 470 cities.

AT&T, however, argues that it has a larger network running on a slower technology called HSPA+, which it and others in the industry all designate as 4G.

The company has been rolling along with its deploying, having added seven regions last week.

The interest in LTE jumped this year after many marquee smartphones, including the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3, supported LTE. Apple, in particular, was late to the LTE game.