GCI completes 3G upgrades in 25 Alaska communities in 2016

December 16, 2016

3G upgrades bring faster mobile data speeds to more customers in rural Alaska


ANCHORAGE, ALASKAGCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, today announced that residents in Mountain Village, Quinhagak, St. Mary’s and Tununak have access to faster speeds and improved mobile internet service because of recent 3G service upgrades in their communities.

GCI completed installation of the 3G software and equipment last month. This week the company finalized system optimization—the fine-tuning GCI does to ensure network traffic is moving efficiently. The network upgrades provide residents access to faster mobile data speeds and offer customers increased video, web-browsing and streaming capabilities.

“Over the past decade, GCI has introduced mobile connectivity to communities across Alaska, and we're pleased to add Mountain Village, Quinhagak, St. Mary’s and Tununak to that growing list,” said Martin Cary, senior vice president and general manager of GCI Business. “I’m proud of the GCI project managers, crews and technicians who worked hard over the past year to make this project a success.”

In 2016, as part of this 25-community project, GCI has begun offering 3G service in Alakanuk, Aniak, Chefornak, Eek, Emmonak, Goodnews Bay, Hooper Bay, Kipnuk, Kongiganak, Kwigillingok, Marshall, Mountain Village, Newtok, Nightmute, Nunam Iqua, Pilot Station, Quinhagak, Russian Mission, Shaktoolik, St. Mary’s, Togiak, Toksook Bay, Twin Hills, Tununak and Tuntutuliak. GCI completed upgrades to Mekoryuk, Scammon Bay and Chevak in 2015.

 About GCI

GCI delivers communication and technology services in the consumer and business markets. Headquartered in Alaska with additional locations in the U.S., GCI has delivered services for more than 35 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.  


Media contact:

Heather Handyside, GCI
907-301-3481, hhandyside@gci.com