Southern Telecom is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month.
Southern Telecom provides wholesale dark fiber and colocation solutions to the telecom and enterprise sectors, connecting Atlanta with strategic markets throughout the southeast US. Southern Telecom markets or owns more than 2,600 route miles in the southeast, anchored by a conduit and dark fiber metro network throughout Atlanta.
Presently, Southern Telecom is constructing with joint build partners more than 500 route miles along several new underground routes around the southeast. Another 800 route miles of underground dark fiber is under development with joint build partners. The company said that it continues to evaluate existing routes for replacement or upgrades while seeking joint build partners for additional greenfield routes.
“Perhaps the most noteworthy Southern Telecom accomplishment over the last 20 years is that, since inception, each Southern Telecom employee has returned home safely every day, having discharged their job responsibilities in a safe manner. This is quite reflective of the Southern Company safety excellence culture,” noted Tami Barron, Southern Telecom president and CEO.
Wayne Ellis, Southern Telecom general manager, added: “Foreseeing the emerging need for wireline fiber optic broadband infrastructure, Southern Company helped to shape the Telecom Act of 1996 in a manner such that Southern Telecom was incorporated shortly thereafter in February 1998. Since then, Southern Telecom and our colleagues in the Southern Company business units and shared services company have developed one of the premier energy utility fiber optic networks. These networks today are the backbone for innovation in the making, delivering, and selling of energy while also serving our growing telecom and enterprise customer base.”
Southern Telecom will celebrate its 20th anniversary throughout 2018 with several commemorative events. These events will involve employees, communities, suppliers and customers and reinforce its 20th anniversary theme of “Celebrating Our Past. Shaping Our Future.”