Southern Telecom to add 600-plus miles to Southeast U.S. fiber network

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Building out its fiber network with partners has been an ongoing effort by Southern Telecom to expand its reach to customers.

Southern Telecom (STI) has kicked off an effort to expand its fiber network with over 600 miles under construction as part of a network strategy focused on the Southeast region.

This build is part of a broader initiative to build a series of new underground fiber routes and colocation facilities in the region.

As part of the plan, existing cables will be replaced with new underground fiber featuring increased capacity, higher fiber counts and next-gen technology to enable more flexibility for STI’s current and future customers.

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Besides its own network builds, STI is also seeking route joint build partners and customers for other existing routes and potential greenfield projects.

“As part of our network fiber strategy, we’ll be enhancing current routes and introducing new ones through strategic partnerships,” said Barry Navarre, business development manager for STI, in a release.

Building out its fiber network with partners has been an ongoing effort by Southern Telecom to expand its reach to customers.

In 2016, the service provider established an agreement with Georgia Transmission Corp. to build a 75-mile dark fiber route between Winder and Hartwell, Georgia. This route gave its growing list of carrier and enterprise customers another option for dark fiber services.

To support its fiber network expansion efforts, Southern Telecom recently expanded its sales team by hiring Michael Lamar and Michael "Mickey" O'Kelley, both in the role of carrier account executives.