AT&T (NYSE: T) is looking to enhance its network and call center capabilities in Mississippi, announcing that it plans to fill over 250 openings, including over 225 new jobs, to accommodate the growth of its wireless LTE and wireline-based U-verse services.
In Mississippi alone, the telco invested almost $975 million in the state's wireline and wireless networks between 2010 and 2012.
Mayo Flynt, AT&T Mississippi president, said in a release that "We're thankful to Governor Bryant, the Lt. Governor, the Speaker, and Mississippi's legislative leaders for working to create an environment that encourages private investment and job creation here in the state."
This is the third Southern state where the telco has recently launched a new hiring drive. Similar to other job drives in North and South Carolina, the telco said the new positions are related to fulfilling the requirements that will arise out of its Project Velocity IP (Project VIP) plan to expand its wireless and wireline-based IP networks.
Two key areas that the new positions will help address on the wireline side will be the growing base of U-verse IPTV and broadband customers and business service customers that are migrating from legacy Frame Relay and ATM to Ethernet services.
While still an emerging piece of its overall revenue stream, IP-based services were a major contributor to AT&T's Q1 wireline earnings. During the quarter, IP-based broadband and U-verse additions drove up consumer wireline revenues up 2 percent to $5.5 billion, while strategic business services grew 10.8 percent over Q1 2012.
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