JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Allied Fiber, the United States' first open-access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure, today announced a 20-year Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) agreement with Southern Light, LLC, a full-service telecommunications company. Southern Light is able to further pursue robust opportunities and collaborative agreements with even the most demanding customers.
Southern Light will leverage Allied Fiber's Southeast Network to meet its customer demands for more efficient service offerings. The company will utilize two fiber strands and establish a presence in all five of Allied Fiber's colocation facilities in Georgia. Southern Light has the option to purchase additional strands on similar terms within a fixed time period guaranteeing sufficient bandwidth capacity for years into the future with minimal costs to upgrade and maintain their network.
"With this agreement, Southern Light will be able to offer a level of diversity and service that previously was not possible because the neutral infrastructure necessary to make it happen was not available," said Michael P. Miller, President of Allied Fiber. "By having a presence within our neutral colocation facilities, Southern Light is also able to offer direct access in to their network within Georgia and offer significant economic benefits to the local communities they serve."
"This IRU agreement with Allied Fiber provides new and exciting opportunities for us to expand our footprint and better service our valued customers," said Eric Daniels, COO of Southern Light. "We chose to partner with Allied Fiber in order to effectively complete a 100G Backbone Ring that will connect communities in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida – from Mobile to Jacksonville to Atlanta and many cities in between. This is a giant step forward in our history, and we're delighted to take it with Allied Fiber's support."
About Allied Fiber
Allied Fiber is the first open-access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure provider in the United States with a national plan. Allied Fiber provides next generation long haul and short haul fiber optic solutions with integrated neutral colocation services for domestic and global network operators. Allied Fiber is on track to meet the demands for access to neutral colocation and dark fiber services throughout the continental United States as it builds a ring around the country connecting the submarine cable landing regions and facilitating open-access interconnection nationally.
About Southern Light
Founded in 1998, Southern Light designs, constructs and operates more than 5,000 route miles of fiber optic networks in the Southeast, delivering large bandwidth solutions to telecommunications carriers, governmental agencies and enterprise customers throughout the region. The company provides high resiliency services to the most demanding customers using its dense last-mile fiber optic networks.
SOURCE Allied Fiber