Telia Carrier partners world’s first climate positive data centre

18 June 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Telia Carrier has entered into a partnership with EcoDataCenter, the world’s first climate positive data centre.

“Telia Carrier has mapped out ambitious sustainability targets that we need to meet by 2030, and this partnership with EcoDataCenter is integral in helping us to achieve these,” said Mattias Fridstrom, vice president and chief evangelist at Telia Carrier. “We have been in discussions with EcoDataCenter for the last five years as we recognised the importance of what it was aspiring to achieve, and we very much wanted to be a part of it.”

Under the terms of the partnership, EcoDataCenter customers will have access to the full suite of Telia Carrier services, all while hosting their data at EcoDataCenter’s facility.

 “Data should be located and stored where it’s most economical, both in terms of sustainability and cost, and this partnership is vital in delivering this,” continued Fridstrom. “Customers can make the right ecological decisions for their data, while we take care of its connectivity, ensuring its security and performance regardless of where in the world it’s needed.”

Located in Falun, Dalarna, Sweden, the site has been designed for co-location, HPC and wholesale/hyperscale. It also uses 100% renewable power, its electric and cooling systems have been built for the highest energy efficiency. In addition, all excess heat generated from the data centre is reused by Falu Heat and Power plant, eliminating marginal production of heat with fossil fuels.

“Telia Carrier was an obvious partner for us as it seeks to use innovation and growth to help improve environmental action and quality of life,” continued Mikael Svanfeldt, CTO of EcoDataCenter. “The combination of our data centre solutions and Telia Carrier’s market-leading global connectivity allows us to deliver world class performance to customers with mission-critical requirements.”

In May, Telia Carrier launched a new Cloud Connect point of presence in the SUPERNAP Italia data centre near Milan, Italy.