NBN Co has picked Global Switch's datacentre facility in Pyrmont, Sydney to house much of its infrastructure on a long-term basis.
In a statement this afternoon, the company said the facility would house NBN Co's hardware and software systems, "including those needed for the operation of its networks". The contract was valued at $3 million for what NBN Co said was an "initial term" of the arrangement.
NBN Co head of corporate services Kevin Brown said that since NBN Co was a start-up, it was possible to ensure that its hosting was done cost-effectively and could be scaled-up as it grew.
"These very specialised facilities need to be secure, environmentally friendly and well run," Brown said.
NBN is planning to announce the location of a secondary datacentre "later in the year" — although it has not yet selected the supplier of that facility yet.
Global Switch's Sydney facility is billed as one of the largest datacentres in the Southern Hemisphere, carrying over 34 megawatts of on-side power generation.
The facility has a number of carrier fibre cables running directly into it and has its own powerful on-site diesel tanks for independent power generation in the event of failure of the primary electricity grid.