The Future of 4G and Connecting Rural America: Data Center Post Interview with James Taylor
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Based in Columbia, Missouri, Bluebird Network has over 6,000 fiber route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber-optic connections, and 135 Points of Presence (PoP) sites spanning the Midwest, including Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Tulsa, Omaha, Des Moines, and Memphis. The company also has an underground data center, Bluebird Underground, located in a subterranean mine in Springfield.
Data Center POST recently interviewed Bluebird Network’s Director of Carrier Sales, James Taylor. James is a 28-year telecommunications industry veteran with experience in sales, operations and business development. Prior to joining Bluebird, he worked with the Lincoln Telephone Company, Aliant Communications, Alltel and Windstream.
James talked about Bluebird Network’s upcoming attendance at International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2018, taking place May 6-9 in Chicago, the expansion of 4G into rural America, and the adoption of small cell technology in both urban and suburban markets.
Data Center POST, Kathy Xu (DCP-KX) Question: What network challenges does the industry face as we head to the middle of 2018 and beyond?
Bluebird Network, James Taylor (BLUEBIRD-JT) Answer: Extending fiber connectivity to all businesses and consumers for high-speed internet access is critical. With the expanding need for additional bandwidth from devices and applications, the current level of pricing in the industry is discouraging capital investment into underserved areas.
DCP-KX Q: What technologies do you see changing and shaping the industry and how?
BLUEBIRD-JT A: It will be interesting to see how SD-WAN is adopted by business users. It can be a lower-cost and highly flexible network solution for many companies, but it still relies upon each location having ready access to commercial internet at an acceptable speed.
It will also be interesting to see if wireless internet can evolve from a fixed, point-to-point, line of sight service in rural settings to a more robust 4G LTE service. There are ever-increasing applications such as in agriculture that will require broadband services in rural and suburban areas, which will necessitate expansion into regions where the population is not as dense. Today, it is a function of investment in a tower, and return on that investment by the potential users of the service.