Southern Telecom’s unique conduit system in Atlanta supports fiber network expansion for major telecom carrier hotel
Substantial conduit project in downtown Atlanta enables expansion with new high-density fiber cable deployment

ATLANTA, July 30, 2019 – Southern Telecom, Inc. (STI), a subsidiary of Southern Company, announces a new development in its substantial conduit system in downtown Atlanta for a major telecom carrier hotel.  To support its high fiber density deployment in Atlanta metro, the customer has leased a new 1,728 fiber count cable. The new, larger fiber optic cable amounts to 12 times the fiber count of typical network cables with a similar diameter, allowing for a higher fiber count within a smaller footprint.

The ongoing project, which commenced in 2018 when the telecom carrier hotel was seeking to expand into an additional nearby building, takes advantage of STI’s unique and secure infrastructure that utilizes cast iron pipes beneath the streets of Atlanta. Currently used for both STI’s fiber build and the conduit, this infrastructure comprises 12 route miles throughout the city’s business district and utilizes former steam ducts.

“We’re excited about the progress of this project and further supporting the customer’s critical fiber deployment here in Atlanta, as it continues to leverage STI’s conduit system that utilizes a unique and extensive HDPE conduit within the cast iron pipe system,” comments Barry Navarre, Business Development Manager for STI. “The diversity and security that STI’s infrastructure provides is very valuable to the l customer and proves to be a turnkey and cost-effective solution for its expansion plans. Additionally, the lease of this new, larger fiber count cable offers greater capacity and better ROI.”

STI’s unique conduit system within the steam pipes creates an additional level of security for STI customers, due to the added layer of protection around the dark fiber and conduits, versus being buried.

Southern Telecom markets or owns more than 2,600 route miles in the Southeast, which is anchored by this robust conduit and dark fiber metro network in Atlanta. For more information on Southern Telecom and the dark fiber and colocation services it offers, visit

About Southern Telecom
Southern Telecom, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company that provides long-haul and metropolitan dark fiber connecting Atlanta with other cities throughout the Southeast. The company also provides network elements such as access to rights of way, conduit, neutral co-location, and other related maintenance services. Southern Telecom is certificated as a telecommunications provider in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and at the Federal level. For more information about Southern Telecom, visit   

About Southern Company
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women’s Choice Award. To learn more, visit

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