ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- General Communication, Inc. (GCI) (Nasdaq: GNCMA) (OTC Bulletin Board: GNCMB) announced today, it has launched 4G service in the Anchorage area, allowing GCI wireless subscribers to get information and entertainment delivered faster than any other network in Alaska.
GCI's 4G, or fourth generation wireless technology, allows Alaskans to surf the Internet, watch videos, social network and work without the delays experienced on competing networks. The new 4G service is capable of download speeds rated up to 21 Megabits per second, with typical speeds more than 10 times faster than current network speeds. With average speeds being many times faster than offerings from other wireless carriers, GCI subscribers can make a call, download emails and use the Internet, all at the same time.
"GCI has long been the company Alaskans turn to for innovation and high speed broadband," said Paul Landes, GCI senior vice president, consumer services. "Now with the launch of our 4G network, our customers can now have that same experience on their wireless and mobile devices. GCI is the leader in wireless technology in Alaska and will continue to provide the best quality coverage and services to Alaskans."
With the largest statewide network in Alaska, GCI continues to upgrade to the latest wireless technology. GCI plans to launch 4G service in several Alaska locations by the end of 2011, as well as upgrading many other communities to 3G speeds.In order to use the 4G network, users must have a 4G compatible phone, a new GCI SIM card and associated data plans offered by GCI. To find out more about how to upgrade to GCI's 4G wireless network, visit www.gci.com. GCI is the largest telecommunications company in Alaska. GCI's cable plant, which provides voice, video, and broadband data services, passes 90 percent of Alaska households. GCI operates Alaska's most extensive terrestrial/subsea fiber optic network which connects not only Anchorage but also Fairbanks and Juneau/ Southeast Alaska to the lower 48 states with a diversely routed, protected fiber network. GCI's satellite network provides communications services to small towns and communities throughout rural Alaska. GCI's newly constructed statewide mobile wireless network seamlessly links urban and rural Alaska for the first time in the state's history. A pioneer in bundled services, GCI is the top provider of voice, data, and video services to Alaska consumers with a 70 percent share of the consumer broadband market. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com. The foregoing contains forward-looking statements regarding GCI's expected results that are based on management's expectations as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events. Actual results might differ materially from those projected in the forward looking statements due to uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside GCI's control. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements is contained in GCI's cautionary statement sections of Form 10-K and 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.