Georgia State University now has its own private fiber network.

The university announced this week that the fiber net was completed by Southern Telecom, a subsidiary of Southern Company. Southern provides a variety of fiber services.

The new network covers some 1,200 fiber route miles and links 60 buildings in downtown Atlanta, according to Southern. The completion of the network caps a five-year technology upgrade process at Georgia State.

“As a leading Carnegie Research Institution in the Southeast, it was essential to stay ahead of the curve in terms of our communications capabilities,” said Bill Paraska, director of university computing and communications services at Georgia State, in a statement. “We also couldn’t ignore the significant cost benefits to the university of upgrading our network to plan for future growth.”

Southern Telecom: www.southern-telecom.com