Alaska Communications and General Communication, Inc. announced the companies have formed a new wireless venture, called The Alaska Wireless Network or “AWN”. GCI runs cell phone services in Bethel and surrounding villages.
According to a press release, ACS and GCI have each contributed their respective wireless assets, including spectrum licenses, cell sites, backhaul facility usage rights, and other assets necessary for AWN to design, build, and operate a statewide wireless network. GCI will own two-thirds of the union and ACS will own one-third.
They say AWN’s network will cover more of Alaska’s population than the network of any other wireless provider. AWN will provide wireless services with the two companies independently selling services to their respective retail customers. They say they will continue to operate as competitors in Alaska.