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.”