Midwest communications infrastructure provider and data center operator Bluebird Network plans to expand its fiber network to 500 towers to support 5G deployment. Bluebird’s network has 10,000 miles of fiber; the addition expands its network reach across five states, reaching 28 markets.
The expanded fiber network will enhance connectivity for businesses, carriers, and communities with access to reliable, secure, and high-capacity network services, according to the company. The network expansion is underway and predicted to be completed by the end of this year.
Bluebird Network President/CEO Michael Morey says the Missouri-based company plans to be a major player in enabling the 5G rollout. “Our commitment to deploy fiber to over 500 towers will further strengthen Midwest businesses and residents with enhanced network access to leverage the latest technology driving digital transformation,” said Morey. “We understand these connections are no longer a luxury, they are a necessity for businesses. Many applications require low latency to ensure optimal performance, requiring a concerted effort to move access closer to end-users.”
Bluebird Network’s expanded fiber reach supports densification initiatives steadily underway throughout the U.S., particularly in the following metros:
- Missouri: Columbia, Jefferson City, Kirksville, Macon, Hannibal, La Plata, Mountain View, Rangeline, Fayette, Kahoka, and Moberly
- Illinois: Rockford, Peoria, Monmouth, Sterling, Rock Falls and Dixon
- Iowa: Knoxville, Indianola, Burlington, Waterloo and Ottumwa
- Kansas: Coffeyville, Independence, Salina and Parsons
- Oklahoma: McAlester and Broken Bow.