Southern Telecom® Expands Georgia State University's Fiber Optic Network

   Southern Telecom® Expands Georgia State University's Fiber Optic Network

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, March 4, 2013

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.


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

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

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 named  Electric 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

SOURCE Southern Company

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