Wednesday, 16 September 2020 12:54

Leading Edge building regional data centre in Tamworth

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Data centre networks provider Leading Edge Data Centres is planning to build a multimillion-dollar data centre in the New South Wales regional city of Tamworth.

Leading Edge says a Development Application (DA) has been submitted to the Tamworth Regional Council and the “world class” facility will be built and deployed in collaboration with local, national and “market-leading” technology partners like Schneider Electric.

“Combining Leading Edge Data Centres and Schneider Electric’s equipment and expertise, the data centre will be prefabricated in Heatherbrae, NSW and commissioned on site in North Tamworth,” Leading Edge said in a statement on Wednesday.

“For the first time, Tamworth locals will have direct access to all the major providers, enabling local, national and global enterprises to service the region. The facility will also enable faster connectivity for local businesses by reducing the need to connect via expensive Internet links to Sydney,” the company said.

Chris Thorpe, CEO of Leading Edge Data Centres said, “For years, regional Australian cities like Tamworth have put up with unreliable and costly Internet connections, compared to their metropolitan counterparts. They had no alternative - but we are changing that.”

Thorpe also said the company will be creating more than 130 new jobs across NSW during the construction period across its “shovel ready” projects with some of the 14 other NSW locations in the DA process with local councils.

Tamworth Region Mayor, Col Murray, welcomed the proposed new investment, saying that, “Having a state-of-the-art data centre in Tamworth will expand the options available for our community.”

“This type of infrastructure will not only support business innovation and growth but also give our residents more options for digital infrastructure.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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