Bluebird expands carrier-grade network into Kansas SubTropolis

23 November 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Fibre and data centre specialist Bluebird Network has delivered a new, carrier-grade fibre internet connection to the SubTropolis Technology Center (STC), the world’s largest underground business complex, located in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

The campus is home to the colocation LightEdge data centre – and many other tenants – and Bluebird recently established a point of presence in that facility to support data-hungry businesses via a partnership with LightEdge Solutions.

However, this development means STC tenants, including LightEdge Solutions and Unite Private Networks, can now leverage Bluebird’s fibre for cloud access and data services.

“We’ve been pursuing Bluebird for years to connect in here,” said Mike Bell, SVP of Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, which developed and owns STC.

“It’s always good to have another carrier in STC allowing people to choose our location and it’s a testament to Bluebird’s network. It’s a win-win for both sides.”

SubTropolis describes itself as a mission critical campus for purpose-built data centres, offering 200 watts per square foot of capacity, built into limestone, and with armed security on hand.     

“Cloud services are increasingly being pushed closer to the edge,” said Mike McHenry, LightEdge VP of cloud and product architecture. “Having partners like Bluebird that can help our customers with their connectivity needs is a critical component to delivering our services to enterprise customers.”

Following the new fibre route, SubTropolis will be able to offer connections for LightEdge customers to connect to other data centres.

“The digital world spins faster each day and Bluebird is focused on giving businesses the tools and technology to keep up,” said Trent Anderson, chief revenue officer of Bluebird Network. “When an operation has inconsistent internet or can’t evaluate their business in real time, production slows and money is lost. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen.”