GCI expands wireless footprint on Alaska’s North Slope

August 26, 2019

Mustang oil field facilities, workers will have LTE access through GCI’s network

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Well over 500,000 barrels of oil are produced on Alaska’s North Slope each day. That number is expected to grow even more as new developments in the western regions prepare to come online, and GCI will be there, providing access to technologies, including LTE wireless services, for the facilities and the people who work there.

Strategically located approximately 45 miles from Deadhorse, between the Kuparuk Field and Nanushuk Development, the new GCI communications tower at the Mustang Development is three years in the making and is designed and built specifically for the users in that region.

“GCI is investing in this region because we understand the needs of the oil patch. We provide resilient access to the operators and contractors, which allows them to leverage technology to improve operational efficiencies,” said GCI Business Programs and Business Development Director Mark Johnson. “We work hard at being proactive and engaged in our partner relationships at all levels. GCI is dedicated to designing, building and operating Alaska’s most resilient and reliable network to ensure we remain the provider of choice on Alaska’s North Slope.”

GCI owns and operates the only fully-redundant fiber optic network to the North Slope and provides reliable, cost-effective connectivity and access to the best-available wireless technologies throughout the region.

GCI is committed to delivering technologies across the North Slope in support of the region, from Pt. Thomson in the east, across the legacy fields of Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk to the new developments in the west that include Nanushuk, GMT and Willow. These investments benefit not only oil field owners, operators and contractors, but also the surrounding communities.

GCI also operates two wireless sites along the Dalton Highway, providing vital mobile connectivity to as many as 250 long-haul trucks daily carrying supplies to Alaska’s North Slope.

About GCI

GCI provides data, mobile, 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

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