DCI secures Northern Territory plot for cloud edge facility

19 October 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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DCIA Data Centres has secured a 2.7 hectare site in Darwin, in Australia's NT, where it will develop a tier-three ready, secure cloud edge data centre.

Confirming a "significant investment" with the project, DCI said it feeds into the Terabit Territory strategy that other players in Australia are driving at present. The Northern Territory provides a base for Australia's defence and space industries, as well as a route into Asia.

In 2018, Vocus and ASN started on the Australia-Singapore cable, which was later complemented with additional routes. This year the final link in what is now the Darwin-Jakarta-Singapore Cable (DJSC) was confirmed.

Malcolm Roe, DCI's CEO for Australia and New Zealand, said: “Darwin is a strategic location in Australia and has already created a digital ecosystem with key elements like; renewable energy, international and Australia-wide network connectivity.

"It is also the command hub in the north for Australian defence and coastal border forces, as well as hosting significant U.S. Defence Force technical and aerial assets. The rapidly growing space sector is also seeing organisations such as NASA and other global players establishing a presence in the Territory. This is all in addition to the existing mining, agriculture and tourism sectors.”

“These industries require secure ICT infrastructure, so it makes perfect sense for us to increase our footprint to include NT, starting with the purchase of this land,” Roe continued.

DCI's new facility, DRW01, is anticipated to offer total IT load of 10MW and will follow similar design principles as DCI's Adelaide facility. There are options to acquire more land nearby and extend the plot to five hectares.

DCI has also recently announced acquisition of land in Mawson Lakes to build a third Data Centre facility in South Australia.