AT&T to hire 500 employees in Louisiana to support wireline, wireless services

AT&T (NYSE: T) has turned up its employment recruitment efforts to Louisiana with plans to fill more than 500 openings in the state, including over 450 positions that serve its growing U-verse and LTE wireless networks.

In addition to fulfilling network technician positions, the telco is hiring for mobility and wireline retail and call center positions.  

Between 2010 and 2012, AT&T invested over $1.2 billion in its wireline and wireless networks, including the expansion of 4G LTE and its U-verse IPTV service.  

Louisiana is just the latest state where AT&T has been ramping up its hiring efforts.

Similar to other states where it announced hiring drives, including Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas, the new positions are being offered to accommodate the expansion of its networks via Project Velocity IP (Project VIP), a three-year, multibillion-dollar investment plan.

Louisiana is a very competitive video market. Besides Cox Communications, the telco has to battle LUS Fiber, a municipal fiber to the premises (FTTP) provider that offers video and a 1 Gbps broadband service in the Lafayette area.

While AT&T won't release its Q2 earnings until July 23, the telco said during a recent financial analyst meeting that it was seeing stronger U-verse broadband and TV subscriptions in the second quarter compared to Q2 2012.

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