Southern Telecom completes dark fiber ring and collocation space in Atlanta

July 2, 2001
July 2, 2001--Southern Telecom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company, announced the completion of a robust Central Business District dark fiber ring and collocation space in downtown Atlanta.

Southern Telecom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company, announced the completion of a robust Central Business District (CBD) dark fiber ring and collocation space in downtown Atlanta. Southern Telecom's newest fiber ring serves 13 telecommunications addresses in Atlanta, and will also provide service laterals from the fiber backbone route that extend directly into carrier hotels and enterprises.

This initial three-mile route runs through downtown Atlanta, and is connected to an existing four-mile route that runs across the northern part of the CBD. It also intersects with major carriers' long-haul routes running in and out of the city.

In addition, Southern Telecom opened 5,200 square-feet of collocation space located adjacent to Atlanta's famous Peachtree Street, in the heart of downtown. The carrier-grade space offers highly reliable power service, security, HVAC, maintenance and connectivity to the CBD fiber ring. Southern Telecom has already sold some collocation space to a Southeastern U.S. telecommunications provider.

The CBD fiber ring was constructed entirely underground to minimize disturbances to streets and paved surfaces. Southern Telecom is continuing to expand its fiber network, which currently includes a 1,200-mile network of dark fiber from Atlanta down along the West and East coasts of Florida.

About Southern Telecom:

Southern Telecom provides long-haul and metropolitan dark fiber connecting Atlanta with other smaller cities throughout the Southeast. Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is an energy company with electric generating capacity in the Southeast.

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