Southern Telecom Expands Georgia State University's Fiber Optic Network

Mon Mar 4, 2013 9:00am EST

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ATLANTA,  March 4, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Telecom, a wholly owned
subsidiary of Southern Company, today announced an expansion of its agreement
with  Georgia State University, a leading research university in  Atlanta, Ga.

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Southern Telecom has completed the installation of  Georgia State University's
Northern Fiber Optic Ring. Southern Telecom leveraged its inventory of existing 
Atlanta  central business district ducts and expanded its duct system reach to
complete a highly reliable, redundant, 432-count backbone fiber optic network
for  Georgia State University.  

"Southern Telecom has supported  Georgia State University  for many years," said
 Leif Ericson, business development manager with Southern Telecom. "Georgia
State  has had significant growth in student enrollment and infrastructure. Due
to this growth, Southern Telecom has worked with  Georgia State  to meet its
ever-evolving, state-of-the-art communications needs."

This initiative serves as an extension of the Southern Fiber Optic Ring that
Southern Telecom created for the university several years ago. The Northern Ring
complements the existing Southern Ring by connecting 13 additional buildings to
the campus network footprint. By adding fiber laterals to new and existing
buildings, including two carrier hotels, the university has significant network
capacity to meet its student and faculty needs well into the future.

"We look forward to continued assistance from Southern Telecom in meeting our
future telecommunication needs," said  J.L. Albert,  Georgia State University's
assistant vice president for Information Systems and Technology and CIO.

The project features multiple ring architectures and redundant hubs.  

About Southern Telecom
Southern Telecom is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company that provides
long-haul and metropolitan dark fiber connecting  Atlanta  with other smaller
cities throughout the Southeast. The company also provides network elements such
as rights of way, dark fiber, conduit, co-location and other related maintenance
services. Southern Telecom is certified in  Alabama,  Florida, and  Georgia  and
also at the federal level. For more information about Southern Telecom, please
call (404) 506-5120 or visit  www.southern-telecom.com.      

About  Georgia State University 
Georgia State University  is the Southeast's leading urban research institution.
It is on the list of the top 100 public universities for doctoral degrees
awarded. More than 250 degree programs with 100 fields of study are offered at
the bachelor's, master's, specialist and doctoral levels. Students may enroll in
day or evening classes and in part-time or full-time study. For more
information, visit  http://www.gsu.edu.  

About Southern Company
With 4.4 million customers and more than 43,000 megawatts of generating
capacity,  Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy
company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer
of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns
electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company,
as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are
known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and
retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company and
its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the
construction of the first new nuclear units to be built in a generation of
Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy innovation through
the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company
has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and  G.I. Jobs  magazine
as a top military employer and listed by DiversityInc as a top company for
Blacks. The company received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric
Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development, was namedElectric Light
& Power magazine's Utility of the Year for 2012 and is continually ranked among
the top utilities in Fortune's annual  World's Most Admired Electric and Gas
Utility  rankings. Visit our website at  www.southerncompany.com.

SOURCE  Southern Company


Southern Company Media Relations, +1-404-506-5333 or 1-866-506-5333,
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