Corning and AT&T are expanding collaboration to extend their spending on fiber infrastructure, expand U.S. broadband networks and accelerate 5G deployment, according to Corning. The company said that because of AT&T’s commitment to its network buildout, Corning would spend $150 million on optical cable manufacturing in North Carolina, initially adding 200 jobs.
The company said this step is an example of how Corning promotes transformation through leadership in glass and ceramic science, optical physics and proprietary manufacturing methods. It said the company’s value-creation model enables the invention of breakthrough products, while making us of an existing footprint that can be scaled up. When demand exceeds capacity, Corning said, the company captures growth opportunities through investments in innovation and technology and keeps risk to a minimum by obtaining customer commitments.
AT&T previously announced plans to expand its fiber footprint, and the decision to expand its work with Corning spotlights AT&T’s commitment to meet that objective while supporting American manufacturing jobs, Corning said.
“We see expansion of our fiber infrastructure as central to the growth of our broadband reach, for consumers as well as business customers,” said Mo Katibeh, senior vice president of AT&T Network Infrastructure & Build. “By extending our collaboration with Corning, we’ll create American jobs through manufacturing investments, and also through the economic benefits that broadband brings to our communities.”
On Corning’s part, Michael A. Bell, the senior vice president and general manager of Corning Optical Communications, said that the need for connectivity has pushed demand on networks to record levels, and that Corning is investing to support network buildouts.
“This capacity expansion in particular supports the growth plans of AT&T, who we’ve valued for more than three decades,” Bell said. “We’re turning once again to the highly skilled local workforce in North Carolina to help us meet the demand. We deeply appreciate the support of local and state officials, particularly Gov. Roy Cooper, Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders and state lawmakers.”
The governor said, “Corning understands North Carolina’s strengths as a business location, thanks to their firsthand experience with our skilled workforce, customized training programs and great quality of life.”
Corning said that government spending on broadband facilities is expected to further fuel the demand for network infrastructure.