Southern Telecom extends dark fiber to Tower Cloud's Ga. wireless backhaul network

Southern Telecom, the telecom subsidiary of power utility Southern Company, is leasing more dark fiber to help wireless backhaul specialist Tower Cloud increase network capacity in Florida and Georgia.

Building on its previously announced 10G network upgrade in Atlanta, Tower Cloud will use Southern Telecom's fiber to provide DWDM-based inter-city connections between Atlanta, Macon, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla.

Tower Cloud said that completing this fiber expansion will give it a continuous fiber network from Atlanta to Jacksonville. Along this route, the additional fiber will be used to provide low-latency transport between large carrier hotels in Atlanta and Jacksonville and a wireless provider's point of presence (PoP) in Macon.

Tower Cloud's agreement with Southern Telecom comes as the company continues to upgrade its network in various parts of Georgia, Alabama and Florida. 

The service provider built a 77-mile fiber ring to serve Aiken, S.C., and expand into LaGrange, Ga., through a partnership fiber buildout with a local electric utility. It is also providing direct fiber connections to Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., and to Fort Benning in LaGrange.

In Alabama, Tower Cloud has built a new fiber ring in Dothan to serve the area west of the city and Fort Rucker, while beginning the process of upgrading to a 10G platform in Montgomery. In Florida, it is in the process of upgrading to a 10G platform and expanding its Orlando network to increase coverage and bring Mobile Service Centers (MSCs) onto to its fiber network. 

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