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AT&T Filling About 130 Jobs Across North Carolina, Building On More Than $1.6 Billion Investment Over Three-Year Period To Enhance Local Networks

Investment Expands Access to Nation's Most Reliable 4G LTE Network, AT&T U-verse Services; Brings Powerful Fiber-Optic Connections to More North Carolina Businesses

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T has about 130 job openings across North Carolina, including about 60 new jobs, building on more than $1.6 billion the company invested in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in the state between 2011 through 2013.

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This investment is driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance network speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers. In 2013, AT&T hired more than 1,100 people across North Carolina to keep up with network expansion and retail demand, among others.

AT&T continues to invest and hire in 2014. The 130 positions the company is filling in North Carolina are a mix of retail sales, technician and call center jobs.

"AT&T's investment is another endorsement of the skills of our workforce and the quality of life offered here in North Carolina," said Governor Pat McCrory. "We're encouraged to see additional job growth as more businesses take note of our simplified tax code and renewed emphasis on education and efficiency within state government. I am happy AT&T will continue to contribute to our state's thriving technology sector."

Advancing its Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T in 2013 made 878 network upgrades in North Carolina, including new cell sites, addition of wireless and wired network capacity, and new broadband network connections. Additionally, AT&T expanded the reach of its network, providing access to U-verse® Internet and video services to more than 39,000 new customer locations, and delivering powerful fiber-optic connections to 3,779 business locations at 180 multi-tenant business buildings and business parks.

"North Carolina residents depend on our fast and reliable Internet connections more and more every day, whether it's instant access to files and apps at work, watching a video at home, or even receiving updates from connected cars or home monitors," said Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina. "AT&T is making robust investments locally to make sure that residents can take full advantage of the latest services and tools, and that businesses have the speed they need to compete and grow."

Notable North Carolina network enhancements in 2013 included:

  • Launched 4G LTE in 14 new markets: Sanford, Rocky Mount-Wilson, Henderson, Outer Banks, Asheville, Goldsboro, Kinston, Dunn, New Bern, Albemarle, Greenville, Morehead City, Jacksonville and Hickory. The service was expanded in six others: Charlotte-Gastonia, Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro-Winston Salem, Fayetteville, Wilmington and New Bern.
  • Nearly doubled residential and small business Internet speeds in Charlotte, Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, and Raleigh with AT&T's U-verse High Speed Internet Power, providing speeds up to 45 Mbps downstream and up to 6 Mbps upstream.
  • Brought AT&T Digital Lifesm to Charlotte and Raleigh. Digital Life is an all-digital, fully integrated, wireless home management system, giving customers flexibility to manage their home from their smartphone, tablet or PC.

AT&T provides the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering more than 280 million Americans with 4G LTE service. 4G LTE deployment is ahead of schedule; AT&T plans to be substantially complete with deployment by the summer of 2014.

AT&T U-verse is delivered over AT&T's advanced IP network and includes AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet, AT&T U-verse TV, and AT&T U-verse Voice. Customers enjoy Total Home DVR®, apps for entertainment on the go, and integrated features. AT&T was named Frost & Sullivan Video Company of the Year for 2013.  U-verse TV and broadband service continually ranks higher in customer satisfaction than do services from cable companies, according to third-party surveys. (Nielsen, J.D. Power). 

AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 529,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans.

For more information about AT&T's coverage in North Carolina or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer.  For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

* AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots.

To define a market, we rely on the Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA), as established by the United States Office of Management and Budget.  Minor differences, if any, between annual totals reflect annual updating of market boundaries in our record systems.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

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