MOBILE, Ala., Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Southern Light, LLC, a provider of broadband infrastructure solutions, announced today a long-term contract with one of the nation’s top wireless carriers to provide a dedicated fiber network to hundreds of locations along the Gulf Coast. The 20-year contract expands the reach and density of Southern Light’s fiber optic network. The multi-year project requires significant investment that will allow Southern Light to serve not only wireless carriers but also local and regional stakeholders.
Covering parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, the project requires over 1,650 route miles and 14,000 fiber miles to connect 446 sites. While Southern Light already has a substantial fiber network throughout these markets, the company will be building approximately 790 fiber miles over the next four years in order to fulfill the recent contract.
“Southern Light continues to experience growth as a result of demand from wireless carriers, institutions, and business customers. This agreement allows us to further penetrate existing markets while adding redundancy to our already robust network,” said Andy Newton, President and CEO of Southern Light. “Due to a great team, Southern Light has built a reputation of providing unparalleled service to the most demanding customers. We will continue to strive for excellence as we build out this strategic network.”
Southern Light will leverage existing and new networks to reach additional customers, including military installations, hospitals, universities, businesses, non-profits, and financial institutions. The company currently serves 1,520 cell towers and has over 3,800 on-net locations in five states.