October 5, 2018
The two-year project improves, expands LTE wireless coverage throughout the region
SOLDOTNA, Alaska – From Summit Lake to Homer and Moose Pass to Seward, Alaskans are better-connected now than ever before as GCI nears completion of a two-year, $6.3 million LTE wireless expansion project on the Kenai Peninsula. The upgrades not only allow GCI customers to share photos and stories from some of their favorite fishing spots, but also improves access to emergency services when road trips and outdoor adventures don’t quite go according to plan.
The project involves more than 30 GCI technicians and engineers and includes upgrades at 43 sites throughout the Peninsula and the construction of two new towers that will bring an expanded wireless footprint and improved indoor voice and data coverage between Sterling and Soldotna as well as the Homer Spit.
“Investing in the Kenai Peninsula has been a high priority for GCI and we are pleased that the project is in the final stretch,” said Greg Klimek, vice president, GCI Wireless Marketing. “Upgrades to 43 sites across the peninsula means move coverage over a wider area and faster speeds and service for our customers.”
Though the areas served by this project target some of the state’s busiest stretches of highway, delivering connectivity still requires going off the beaten path. GCI is upgrading two towers near Summit Lake and Cooper Mountain later this fall that are not accessible by road. Crews and approximately 10,000 pounds of equipment and materials will be delivered to the sites by helicopter. Upgrades will bring LTE data coverage and improved voice service along additional sections of the Seward and Sterling Highways.
Since 2014, GCI has invested more than $180 million into its wireless network and serves more than 240 communities. GCI is committed to growing its wireless footprint and improving service across Alaska. More than 97 percent of Alaskans are within GCI’s network.
GCI has improved or expanded service in more than 25 communities, so far, in 2018. GCI will launch wireless service and internet upgrades in more Alaska communities in the coming months.
GCI provides data, wireless, video, voice and managed services to consumer and business customers throughout Alaska and nationwide. Headquartered in Alaska, GCI has delivered services for nearly 40 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of GCI Liberty, Inc. (Nasdaq: GLIBA, GLIBP). Learn more about GCI Liberty at www.gciliberty.com.