Collaboration creates wholesale transport services to enhance state-wide telecom network
ATLANTA, GA (October 15, 2015) – Allied Fiber, the United States’ first open-access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure, today announced it has signed a 20-year Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) agreement with Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC), a not-for-profit electric cooperative with more than 3,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and more than 600 substations. GTC will be running four fibers from Jacksonville to Atlanta via Allied Fiber’s Southeast Route. The Southeast Route provides GTC with the security of sufficient bandwidth capacity for the lifetime of the agreement, with minimal costs to upgrade and maintain the network overtime.
As a part of the agreement, GTC will gain access to colocation space from three of Allied Fiber’s Georgia neutral colocation facilities located in Fargo, Ashburn and Barnesville to form the backbone of its state-wide telecommunications network. Through this network, GTC will connect to electrical facilities throughout Georgia, providing more reliable communications for operations of the State’s electrical grid.
“Working with GTC gives Allied Fiber the ability to provide our customers direct, physical layer access to the GTC network through several of our neutral colocation facilities in Georgia and allows GTC to expand their reach and service offerings in the state,” said Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber. “We are excited to support GTC and help local communities in Georgia benefit from our collaboration.”
At various points along the route, GTC’s Electric Membership Corporations (EMC) members will be able to connect to the network via GTC's transport services throughout the state. In turn, Allied Fiber’s Southeast Route will supply GTC with the ability to connect to its own electric substations, training facilities, and other offices through a unified telecom platform.
“By using Allied Fiber’s network the Electrical Membership Cooperatives in Georgia will benefit by not only connecting them to each other, but also to other major telecom hubs in Atlanta and Jacksonville,” said David Van Winkle, Vice President, Operations & Maintenance of GTC. “This helps usovercome the challenge of delivering bandwidth to remote locations and assists in now meeting the needs of our partners today and tomorrow thanks to our partnership with Allied Fiber.”
About Allied Fiber
Allied Fiber was created as the first national, open access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure in the United States. Allied Fiber offers a combined long haul and multi-access point; short haul fiber optic system coupled with its own colocation facilities to provide control of the underlying physical assets to all network operators. Established in 2008, the Allied Fiber system is designed to link the international subsea cable landing points in the United States while also providing intermediate access along the route for the inclusion of local networks in to the global network architecture. By managing communications infrastructure as a real estate business for network operators the company has developed a unique platform that enables its customers’ growth and profitability, which drives its own. Follow Allied Fiber on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Georgia Transmission Corporation
Georgia Transmission Corporation, a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), owns more than 3,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and more than 600 substations. These facilities deliver power to Georgia’s EMCs, which serve nearly 50 percent of Georgia’s population (4.5 million).
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