An Australian start-up has secured a $20million investment to build a network across Australia which will see faster internet speeds and better connectivity in regional areas.
Leading Edge Data Centres will build more than 20 Tier 3 data centres across regional Australia with sites in Tamworth and Newcastle planned to be finished by the end of the year.
"Newcastle and Tamworth were selected as our first sites given immediate demands for compute power at the edge," Leading Edge DC's Andrew Hardy said.
"Newcastle is under-served from local data centre view point. The Hunter and New England North West regions have varied requirements for which we can provide immediate support.
"Whether that's creating a telco-agnostic environment for 5G roll out, telehealth and remote working, or providing the network infrastructure for bushfire or, digital mapping of properties, autonomous farming and mining.
"We've made local hires in Newcastle and Tamworth to help deliver our world class, quality digital infrastructure, which runs complementary to existing NBN enablement, and ensure we're truly powering the digital economy in these regions."
The start-up secured the $20million funding from Washington H. Soul Pattison investment firm to build the regional network.
The edge data centres will work by taking connectivity to where people reside. Rather than sending data back to a capital city, it allows businesses to process it in or near their town.
This enables faster processing because not everything is coming directly from the cloud or the device. This helps speed up the applications on devices.
"Our edge network, powered by partnerships with strategic real estate, diverse network connectivity, and cloud-ready services, delivers competitive solutions for customers requiring a smarter network," Leading Edge DC CEO Chris Thorpe said.
"Our modular world-class Tier 3 data centre design is also exciting. The data centre is prefabricated and built locally offsite, in Newcastle with footprints that scale in 30 or 75 rack configurations. Within weeks we can be present in new locations with a world-class Tier 3 data centre, designed for Australian conditions, capable of scaling as required."
The rollout will start with 75-rack edge hubs across NSW.
After Tamworth and Newcastle sites are built, the rollout will continue to Albury, Wagga Wagga, Parkes, Dubbo, and Coffs Harbour.
Leading Edge DC is currently in pre-commitment phase for its Newcastle and Tamworth sites.