Global datacentre company Equinix has signed Telstra up as one of the first customers for its AU$680 million Melbourne datacentre, which due to open at the end of the year.
Located in Port Melbourne, the 13,000 square metre ME1 international business exchange facility will have a capacity of 1,500 cabinets, with the first phase of 375 cabinets scheduled for completion in Q4 2014.
Telstra will also be expanding its datacentre connectivity at Equinix's Sydney-based SY3 datacentre. This will be in addition to the current deployments that Telstra already has with Equinix in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, and Sydney.
Connecting up to both datacentres, Telstra will be able to deliver telecommunications and media services to customers collocated in Equinix datacentres, including large multinational enterprises and cloud providers.
"Through our global and domestic deployments in Equinix datacenters, we have a strong and existing relationship with Equinix. We are in close proximity to hundreds of networks and through these networks, are closer to our customers," said David Plitz, Telstra fixed and data access engineering director.
"The increased network bandwidth enables Telstra to manage more international customers coming to the Australian market. Through our expanded capability in SY3 and ME1, Telstra will have enhanced access to service our customers who choose Equinix as their provider of choice."
Equinix currently operates over 95 other datacentres in 32 countries, with 19 datacentres in 17 countries across the Asia-Pacific region alone, including three in Australia.
Earlier this year, at the time of the announcement of the Melbourne datacentre, Equinix Asia-Pacific president Samuel Lee said the new facility will help companies "push their applications close to customers."
"The availability of a Melbourne site would help companies reduce latency, reduce costs and improve the customer experience," Lee said at the time.
"We see great opportunity to help Australian and multinational customers expend their IT platforms. We are very committed to help our business partners and customers connect with each other, and with the different ecosystems inside the datacentre."