AT&T (NYSE: T) is continuing to ramp up its employee base in North Carolina with a new hiring drive to fill 100 job posts, including about 30 new technician and retail positions, as it expands wireline and wireless services throughout the state.
This latest job drive follows an earlier effort made in May to add 250 new members to serve about 30 sites. The service provider announced similar hiring drives in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas.
During the first half of 2013, the telco invested over $250 million in its wireless and wired networks in North Carolina. This investment builds on the $1.5 billion it allocated for these networks between 2010 through 2012.
AT&T attributes part of the growth it is seeing in North Carolina to its $14 billion Project VIP initiative that's focused on expanding and upgrading its wireline IP and wireless networks for consumers and business users.
In the broadband space, the service provider said it "nearly doubled" residential and business Internet speeds in Charlotte, Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, and Raleigh with its U-verse Power 45/6 Mbps speed tier.
To appeal to more businesses that require higher speed cloud and Ethernet services, AT&T extended fiber to an additional 93 multi-tenant buildings, making fiber-based services available to over 2,500 business customer locations.
U-verse broadband and next-gen business services were the revenue stars for AT&T in Q3 2013.
It added 655,000 net U-verse broadband subscribers, including businesses, to reach a total of 9.7 million, up 37 percent from Q3 2012. Likewise, it added 265,000 new U-verse TV subscribers, the second-highest net add quarter.
Already offering its 45 Mbps tier to two-thirds of its U-verse customer base, AT&T's CFO John Stephens said during the Q3 2013 earnings call that they "are moving ahead with plans for 75 Mbps and faster."
While AT&T reported that overall business 0.9 percent sequentially to $8.8 billion, next-gen Ethernet and IP VPN grew 15.7 percent vs. Q2 2013. In addition, the service provider added over 100,000 business U-verse broadband subscribers.
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