GCI completes 50th 5G wireless site upgrade

June 30, 2020

Upgrades bring 5G to Anchorage customers and also deliver greatly-improved LTE mobile experience across Alaska’s largest city

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – With the recent completion of the 50th Hometown 5G site upgrade, GCI’s wireless network in Anchorage is faster than ever! GCI remains on track to complete the project by year’s end and deliver cutting-edge mobile service across Alaska’s largest city.

GCI’s Hometown project has not only delivered the first standards-based 5G network to Anchorage but has also improved 4G LTE speeds for all GCI wireless customers across the city. That means GCI customers don’t need a 5G phone to get the benefits of GCI’s next generation network upgrades. When the 5G wireless project is completed, every sector of each cell site will be outfitted with five radios to utilize GCI’s low-band and mid-band radio spectrum, driving massive improvements in speed and coverage, particularly in-building coverage. GCI’s fiber network, the backbone of the project, will deliver broadband connectivity to each of the upgraded cell sites.

“With faster speeds and better indoor coverage, customers in Anchorage are already reaping the benefits of GCI’s massive network overhaul,” said Josh Lonn, Vice President of GCI Wireless Products. “And these upgrades aren’t just about bringing 5G to Alaska, but also delivering a vastly-improved wireless experience to those customers using our LTE network. Plus, all our customers can benefit from our new mobile plans and the nation’s first 5G roaming capabilities.”

GCI has made significant investment in Anchorage over the past two years and essentially reinvented the Anchorage wireless network to deliver seamless data connectivity to Alaskans. GCI’s new, vastly more capable network will operate five times faster than before, and it will serve as the blueprint for GCI’s network modernization efforts in other Alaska cities.

Over the past 40 years, GCI has invested more than $3 billion to deliver communications services throughout Alaska. GCI employs 2,000 Alaskans and serves more than 200 communities across the state.

For more information about GCI and its 5G network, visit https://www.gci.com/mobile/5g.

About GCI

GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer and business customers throughout 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.

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