AT&T is looking to fill 100 positions in North Carolina, a quarter of them in Charlotte, to keep up with demand for its expanding network.
Roughly 30 of the openings are new jobs, the company said. Those will be for technicians who will install AT&T’s U-verse service. The remaining 70 jobs are mostly retail positions that have become vacant in AT&T’s stores.
The Charlotte jobs comprise approximately 10 new technician positions and 15 store positions that have been vacated.
AT&T said the positions need to be filled so it can meet growing demand for its products and services. The company’s president for North Carolina, Venessa Harrison, said AT&T must keep up with rapid population growth in places like Charlotte,
AT&T has been expanding its broadband and wireless network throughout North Carolina, Harrison said. She said the company invested $250 million in the first half of this year in upgrades to its infrastructure in the state.
Pro-business policies in North Carolina have helped the company expand, she said, citing recent policy changes that have streamlined the permitting process for new cell phone towers and installing antennas on existing towers.
“Our public policymakers on a state and local level, they get it,” she said.
AT&T said it plans to have 4G LTE service, a wireless network, available in most of the state by the end of next year. AT&T also continues to expand its U-verse service, which provides digital television, high-speed Internet connection and digital home-phone service, in the Charlotte area and elsewhere in the state.
This year, AT&T installed fiber-optic-based broadband at 29 office buildings in Charlotte, according to company officials.
This is not the first North Carolina jobs announcement for AT&T this year. In May, the company said it was looking to fill 400 positions in North Carolina, including roughly 120 in Charlotte. Most of the 400 stemmed from the company’s Project VIP initiative, which includes the expansion of U-verse.
AT&T employs roughly 7,000 in North Carolina.
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