JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- AT&T Inc. says it will hire 225 new employees in Mississippi and fill 25 open positions as part of a plan to upgrade its wireless and wireline network in Mississippi.
The new employees will increase the telecommunications giant's current Mississippi workforce of 2,700 people by about 8 percent.
Spokeswoman Sue Sperry says the workers are needed as part of the company's three-year Project Velocity, which aims to increase the number of wireless antennas, roll out faster wireless speeds, add more fiber optic cable for businesses and expand other high-speed wired networks.
AT&T says it has spent nearly $975 million on its Mississippi wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012.
Sperry says the new employees will fill a variety of jobs statewide, many of them requiring technical skills.