When you're used to hearing more about telecommunications layoffs, here's some good news: AT&T is looking to fill more than 650 job openings in Florida.
More than half (approximately 350) of the jobs are new and the majority are in the Network and Call Center organizations. Many of the new positions are the result of AT&T's Project Velocity IP (Project VIP), a three-year, $14 billion investment plan to expand and enhance its national wireless and wired IP broadband networks.
Through this new project, 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. The company also plans to expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by the end of 2014, expand and enhance the AT&T wired IP broadband network to cover approximately 75 percent of customer locations in its wired service area by the end of 2015 and deploy fiber to an additional 1 million business locations by the end of 2015.
"Governor Scott and Florida's legislative leaders have created a climate for investment," said AT&T Florida president Marshall Criser, lll. "The investment we're making in our wireless and wired networks is essential to spurring Florida'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."