In a sign of intensifying telecommunications competition here, AT&T said Friday it’s hiring nearly 100 technicians in North Carolina, half of them in the Triangle, to meet growing demand for super high-speed Internet service.
The company said the new jobs are needed to meet growing demand for U-Verse, AT&T’s Internet, phone and TV service, which the company boosted last month with a super high-speed option called GigaPower. GigaPower is available in parts of Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, with plans to provide in Durham, Charlotte and Greensboro.
AT&T made its hiring announcement just days after technology giant Google said it would roll out Google Fiber, its own high-speed Internet service, to the Triangle and Charlotte. Google Fiber, operating in just three markets nationally, offers speeds about 100 times faster than a typical broadband connection.
AT&T also said it’s looking to fill nearly 200 business and sales and call center positions in North Carolina.