Bluebird Network has lit a 300-mile, 400 Gbps circuit connecting St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri. The network includes connections to the Missouri cities of Warrensburg, Sedalia and Columbia.
The new infrastructure, which will add 9,000 buildings to Bluebird’s network, offers four times the capacity of the company’s previous offering to those locales.
Bluebird, which was founded in 1999, is headquartered in Columbia, Mo. and serves the Midwest. It provides Internet and transport service to carriers and enterprises over more than 10,000 fiber route miles. The company serves 74,000 on-net or near-net buildings and has 151 points of presence in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield (Mo. and Ill.), Tulsa, Peoria, Rockford, Bloomington, Normal and the Quad Cities and elsewhere.
“Bluebird has always created unique routes helping us stand out and offer diversity from larger incumbent companies,” Vice President of Engineering Doug Zerr said in a press release about the Bluebird Network Missouri expansion. “With this new circuit crossing through Missouri, we now have more places we can build out to at a much more affordable rate. This is going to give us a competitive edge like we’ve never had before.”
In March, Bluebird said it will provide fiber access to more than 500 towers in support of 5G network deployments. The expansion areas are Columbia, Jefferson City, Kirksville, Macon, Hannibal, La Plata, Mountain View, Rangeline, Fayette, Kahoka, and Moberly (Missouri); Rockford, Peoria, Monmouth, Sterling, Rock Falls and Dixon (Illinois); Knoxville, Indianola, Burlington, Waterloo and Ottumwa (Iowa); Coffeyville, Independence, Salina and Parsons (Kansas) and McAlester and Broken Bow (Oklahoma).
In January, Bluebird said that it acquired the ColoHub Data Center in Bettendorf Iowa. Bluebird said that the acquisition strengthens its network and capabilities in Illinois as well as Iowa.