Australian telecom Telstra is expanding into Equinix’s Sydney SY3 data center and the Meblourne ME1 facility still under construction. The telco will establish a point of presence (PoP) at each site.
The expansion will allow it to serve and manage more international customers coming to Australia. The PoPs also offer current Equinix customers additional network options.
Telstra is seeing increasing demand for data center services. The company builds and operates telecommunications networks and markets voice, mobile, Internet access and pay television.
It is seeing increasing demand from data center customers across Australia for low-latency, high-throughput content delivery and telecommunications capabilities. The company is also working with Equinix to deliver telecommunications and media services to colocation customers in Equinix.
Equinix’s SY3 facility is one of the most densely connected data centers in Australia. The Melbourne facility will be the first data center in Australia’s second largest city.
The Melbourne data center will have capacity for 1,500 cabinets, with a first phase of 375 cabinets scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter. Equinix is constructing a specially built 105,000-square-foot building shell to house the ME1 data center and allow for future development.
The two new data centers expand Telstra’s Asia Pacific footprint. The telco also has deployments in Equinix facilities in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney.
"We have a strong and existing relationship with Equinix,” said David Piltz, director of fixed and data access engineering at Telstra. “We are in close proximity to hundreds of networks and through these networks are closer to our customers. The increased network bandwidth enables Telstra to manage more international customers coming to the Australian market."
Platform Equinix is home to more than 4,500 customers including more than 1,000 network providers, 120 of which are accessible in Australia.