GCI splashes out $4.9M for 5G in Unalaska

Following a $4.9 million investment, GCI has turned up 5G in Unalaska, a remote region where the operator is already connecting with a new 800-mile subsea cable. #pressreleaase

August 15, 2023

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UNALASKA, Alaska – This week GCI, Alaska's largest telecommunications provider, successfully turned up 5G mobile service in Unalaska, bringing customers lightning-fast data speeds and even more reliable voice service. The company also launched voice over LTE (VoLTE) mobile service. The upgrades are the result of a $4.9 million investment from GCI.

Unalaska residents will now enjoy the benefits of 5G mobile service in addition to the 2.5 gig internet speeds that GCI launched in the community late last year. Unalaska is one of the most remote communities in the nation and is home to Dutch Harbor, one of the nation's leading fishing ports. Positioned near the tail end of the Aleutian Chain, Unalaska is more than 4,000 miles from New York City and arguably has better connectivity. It's a big deal!

Nelson referenced the GCI Aleutian Fiber project, an 800-mile subsea fiber project to close the digital divide in the region.

GCI was the first provider in Alaska to launch true 5G coverage, which first launched in Anchorage in 2020, followed by Fairbanks, Palmer, Wasilla, Juneau, Eagle River and Girdwood.

Read the full press release here.


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