AT&T today announced it is
looking to fill more than 120 openings in South Carolina, including
more than 70 new jobs. The majority of new jobs are in the network organization.
The positions will be posted as they become available at
"Investments in new, advanced technologies bring waves of new jobs and opportunities," said Governor Nikki Haley. "The jobs we celebrate today are just the first wave, to be followed by others from new businesses or existing businesses which will use the new technology in innovative ways. All that works together to create opportunities for our citizens and help move South Carolina forward."
As part of its recently announced Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems and more than 40,000 small cells. Through Project VIP, AT&T plans to expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014, expand and enhance the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover approximately 75 percent of customer locations in its wireline service area by year-end 2015 and deploy fiber to an additional 1 million business locations by year-end 2015. "Governor Haley and South Carolina's legislative leaders have created a climate for investment," said AT&T South Carolina President Pamela Lackey. "The investment we're making in our wireless and wireline networks is essential to spurring South Carolina's economy and creating jobs. In our wireless world, mobile and broadband networks create economic opportunities for health care, manufacturing, education, transportation and public safety, and virtually every other economic section."
AT&T invested more than $800 million in its South Carolina wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012. Nearly 1,250 wireless network upgrades were completed statewide last year, including activating new cell sites, adding capacity, upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds, deploying high-capacity Ethernet connections to cell sites, and adding or upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost wireless coverage and capacity in buildings and at major venues like convention halls or sports arenas.
AT&T also launched 4G LTE in 2012 in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville. So far this year, the service has been launched in Orangeburg and Florence.
AT&T is one of the largest employers in America.
Over the past five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into operations across the U.S., more than any other public company. In a July 2012 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. "Investment Heroes."
SOURCE AT&T Inc.
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