Sago Networks selects Southern Telecom® for fiber needs

ATLANTA - Jan. 29, 2008 - Southern Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), today announced it has expanded its growing customer base in Florida and Georgia with the addition of Sago Networks, a service provider to high-data users such as ISPs and hospitals.

Sago Networks chose Southern Telecom to help expand its operations and reach in Atlanta, Tampa and Miami. The company has connected its Tampa and Miami data centers with its Atlanta data center via leased dark fiber from Southern Telecom. The added fiber provides Sago Networks highly reliable data center fiber connectivity allowing Sago further access to a number of enterprise buildings and healthcare facilities where it has customers to deliver increased services and further grow its presence in Florida and Georgia.

“We chose Southern Telecom’s dark fiber network to ensure the highest levels of reliability for our customers document security and to provide a robust network supporting our state-of-art data centers throughout the southeast,” said Miller Cooper, president and CEO with Sago Networks. “This relationship is ideal for both companies and allows Sago to continue providing exceptional service to the healthcare industry throughout Florida and Georgia. Our customers are increasing their bandwidth needs each day as their business grows.”

It was imperative that Sago have the infrastructure to exceed the demand of the growing IT industries in the southeastern United States. Since Sago services customers from around the globe, its datacenters must have the capacity to improve service to customers every day. Southern Telecom offers reliable long-haul/metro dark fiber, conduit, maintenance and collocation services throughout the Southeast. This is a feature point of a great network infrastructure, and Sago fits perfectly into the caste of an innovative Network service provider.

“Southern Telecom offers a robust long-haul and metro dark fiber network supporting secured facilities for enterprise data storage and disaster recovery,” said Ben Easterling, business development manager with Southern Telecom. “We are excited about our new relationship with Sago Networks and hope to enable them to grow throughout the Southeast ensuring the protection of their core data network infrastructure.”

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.

About Southern Company

With 4.3 million customers and more than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company is the premier energy company serving the Southeast, one of America's fastest-growing regions. A leading U.S. producer of 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 excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are significantly below the national average. Southern Company has been listed the top ranking U.S. electric service provider in customer satisfaction for seven consecutive years by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Visit our Web site at

About Sago Networks

Sago Networks, headquartered and founded in Tampa in 1995, was designed as a total Internet Solutions company. Sago owns and operates datacenters in Atlanta, Miami, and Tampa with interconnecting local fiber rings, county wide wireless network, and multi-homed carrier grade data transport services. By offering hosting and connectivity throughout Florida and Georgia with peering to multiple Tier 1 providers, Sago offers fast connectivity and low latency to all points around the globe.

Sago has built a solid reputation by providing its customers, from individual website hosting firms to large government contracts, collocation and custom clusters of dedicated servers. Sago’s privately managed fiber and wireless networks provide the ability to reach out to customers and deliver them back to their secure data centers. By providing personal service, scalable enterprise configurations, and the capability to comply with the strictest government accreditations, Sago Networks has served the requirements of business, education, military, and local government for over 10 years. Sago Networks is online at


Media Contact: Marisa Puthoff, Southern Company Media Relations, 404.262.3000