Georgia's Hargray Fiber outfits 5G smart city incubator Curiosity Lab with critical connectivity

Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners is billed as "a 5G-enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory."

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Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, a facility billed as "a 5G-enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory" located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta, today announced a strategic partnership with Hargray Fiber to provide critical infrastructure for the lab's stakeholders.

Recognizing Curiosity Lab’s commitment to the advancement of smart city technology, Hargray has partnered with the lab to supply it with dedicated fiber connectivity. Throughout Curiosity Lab, Hargray’s fiber optic-cable will serve as the key infrastructure backbone, with all services using or connected to the lab’s network benefiting from Hargray’s efficient, seamless transfer of data.

The centerpiece of the lab is a 1.5-mile test and demo track which provides a real-world environment to explore emerging technologies. Additional infrastructure includes a network operations center, smart poles, DSRC units, and a 25,000 square foot tech incubator.

Hargray Fiber, based in Savannah, GA, operates more than 2,000 route-mile fiber network in cities throughout the southeastern United States. Since its inception 70 years ago, Hargray has grown from a local telephone company to a serious telecommunications provider, offering a wide variety of internet, TV and phone services throughout the southeast.

Hargray Fiber has partnered with Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners to supply the 5G smart city innovation campus with dedicated fiber connectivity. Throughout the lab, Hargray’s fiber optic-cable will serve as the key infrastructure backbone.Hargray Fiber has partnered with Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners to supply the 5G smart city innovation campus with dedicated fiber connectivity. Throughout the lab, Hargray’s fiber optic-cable will serve as the key infrastructure backbone.Image: Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners

“Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners is a one-of-a-kind location for innovative smart city, wireless and autonomous vehicle companies to test and demo their technology,” said Chris McCorkendale, senior vice president for Hargray Fiber. “Our partnership with Curiosity Lab will help these companies advance their technology and bring to market a broader and more robust suite of communication services to market.”

Hargray said it will continue its expansion in the Peachtree Corners market by bringing its full suite of communication products including enhanced data, voice and video services including hosted Unified Communications, Metro Ethernet, multi-gigabit symmetrical circuit, and video services all delivered exclusively over Hargray’s 100% fiber-optic network.

“As Hargray Fiber continues to expand its southeastern presence, we’re excited to offer leading fiber services to Lab users,” said Betsy Plattenburg, executive director of Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners. “With Hargray’s Fiber support, companies moving to Peachtree Corners and operating in the Lab will benefit from quick, easy connectivity.”

Additional information can be found at www.curiositylabptc.com.

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