Originally posted to AGL Media Group

Midwestern communications infrastructure provider Bluebird Network operates in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Indiana and in the surrounding states. Its network has more than 9,800 fiber route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber-optic connections with more than 50,000 on-net and near-net buildings and towers, and it plans to continue to grow. Bluebird has customers one both the carrier side – all the major wireless carriers – and on the enterprise side, including a full range of hospitals, financial institutions, manufacturing companies and government entities. It is the second-largest provider to schools in Missouri.

Bluebird recently completed a 4.5-mile fiber expansion within the city of Hannibal, Missouri. The buildout connects 16 small cell towers in the area in support of a 5G wireless communications network and brings the total number of fiber miles in Hannibal to 13.5 miles. We spoke with Michael Morey, president and CEO of Bluebird Network, about the business of providing fiber for small cells.

What are the benefits of providing service to both wireless carriers and enterprises?

Morey:  Our carrier approach goes hand-in-glove with what we’re doing on the enterprise side, because one doesn’t really work without the other. And let me explain why. On the carrier side, you may have the wireless relationship and the non-wireless relationship, such as AT&T. Other companies have their own enterprise sales force, and I want them to sell services on my network, as well.

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