Michael Morey, CEO of Bluebird Network, recently had an opportunity to speak with Sharpe Smith, Senior Editor at AGL Media Group. With a focus on the wireless sector at AGL, Sharpe wanted to learn more about Bluebird Network’s recent announcement about expanding fiber connectivity to an additional 500 towers, throughout twenty cities, across the Midwest.
Morey stressed that this most recent announcement is very much in keeping with Bluebird’s focus on becoming a super-regional player throughout the Midwest. These 500 towers provide wireless carriers and other network providers readily available fiber access, in addition to over 1000 towers that Bluebird has already connected. Morey discussed how the 5G rollout is driving the need for more fiber to the tower solutions. Wireless carriers are driving this expansion as they endeavor to get closer to their end-users. In response to this ongoing trend, Bluebird is continuing to densify fiber deployments throughout the cities it serves.
Bluebird Networks fiber expansion is part of the company’s overall mission to provide connectivity solutions and capabilities for businesses and converged solutions throughout its Midwest footprint. Currently, Bluebird has a 10,000-mile fiber network, with over 60,000 on-net or near-net buildings. To further bolster connectivity, Bluebird acquired the ColoHub Data Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, renaming it the Bluebird Quad Cities Data Center. Bluebird now has connectivity anchors in the Northeast and Southeast corners of their 11-state footprint. The extended fiber network has given Bluebird customers private network connectivity and access to major cloud service providers. This network delivers high-speed broadband Internet to every location that Bluebird’s network reaches.
Morey pointed out that Bluebird is making it possible for tier 2, 3, and 4 cities to have critical connections to wireless mobile switching offices, communication Points of Presence (PoPs), and data centers. As a result, Bluebird is making critical connectivity available to wireless providers, hospitals, governments, financial and manufacturing concerns, and many other enterprises. In doing so, Bluebird’s fiber deployments enable these secondary markets to compete on par with tier 1 markets.
Morey summed up the conversation by stating that Bluebird Network will continue to look for potential acquisitions and investments through a well-managed, thoughtful, growth and expansion mode.