Originally posted on Bluebird Network

With the nationwide rollout of 5G cellular networks, the digital infrastructure industry can expect to see a significant change with increased demand expanding to Tier 2, 3 and 4 markets. Bluebird Network’s President & CEO, Michael Morey, shared his expertise with Bisnow about the impact of 5G deployments on data center development. Morey mentioned that the implementation of 5G is going to require more edge data centers to meet the accelerated demand. As a result of these nationwide deployments, Bluebird Network, with an extensive fiber footprint throughout the Midwest markets, has seen a dramatic increase in demand specifically for underserved markets in more remote and suburban areas in the middle of the US.

5G promises ultra-fast, wireless network capabilities which could transform the way businesses use applications, particularly those that require very low latency, “specifically 5 milliseconds or less round trip,” according to Morey. Currently, if a business or end user is in Tier 2, 3 or 4 markets, they may experience performance issues due to latency delays. Businesses can choose to outsource their IT infrastructure to ensure high performance, reliability, interconnection to cloud, and more. As such, edge data centers, which tend to be smaller facilities deployed more nimbly while providing the same level of infrastructure support as a major market data center, offer the flexibility and dynamic needs that emerging markets require. Morey believes that an increase in edge data center deployments throughout the Midwest will provide the latency and network performance businesses need due to the proximity of enabling access to content closer to the end user.

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