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Bluebird ‘nests’ ColoHub data centre in latest M&A

Acquisition marks the company’s second data centre, complimenting the company’s recent fibre network expansion throughout Illinois and Iowa.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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January 05, 2021 | 10:55 AM GMT

Communications infrastructure provider Bluebird Network has acquired the ColoHub Data Center—previously owned by Geneseo Communications—located in Bettendorf, Iowa, US. 

Purchasing a second data centre enhances Bluebird’s data centre service offerings, creating another option for customers moving applications closer to the edge and establishing a disaster recovery location to Bluebird’s underground data centre in Springfield, MO. 

The site also brings new data centre options to customers already in the region – further connecting the Midwest for a new era of productivity.  

A short drive from Cedar Rapids, the Chicago suburbs, Champaign-Urbana, Peoria and other major cities, this centrally located facility offers an alternative site for data centre customers.

Paired with Bluebird’s fibre network and following the recent completion of a 2,500 fibre route mile multi-network integration project, this data centre bolsters the company’s fibre infrastructure and strengthens their presence in the Illinois and Iowa markets, unlocking the ability to service the cities of Rockford, Bloomington-Normal and the Quad Cities.

Mike McClain, President and CEO of Geneseo, said: “We know Bluebird and the leadership team will leverage the splendid work accomplished by ColoHub and take its capabilities to new heights with excellent support for our customers—both current and future—in concert with Bluebird’s standards of integrity, accountability and adaptability.”

Supplementing Bluebird’s Underground Data Center in Springfield, MO – the acquisition of ColoHub enables the company to support their northeast customers with communications and data centre services.

Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network, said: “In 2020, we expanded and densified our fiber network infrastructure across several territories throughout the Midwest. Expanding our data centre offerings, fortified now with a second facility, is part of our mission to empower businesses and offer a total communications solution.”

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