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The $75m cloud datacentre is part of a $3bn infrastructure and network upgrade investment announced in March 2012

The $75m cloud datacentre is part of a $3bn infrastructure and network upgrade investment announced in March 2012

Canadian mobile operator Telus announced this week the opening of a cloud datacentre in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The telco said the datacentre will serve as the foundation for its enterprise cloud services in the region.

The $75m (CAD) datacentre, built to LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) and Tier III (Uptime Institute) specifications is part of a $3bn infrastructure and facilities upgrade investment announced in March 2012, which will carry through to the end of this year. The facility was originally forecast to cost about $100m.

“The Kamloops internet datacentre will be the cornerstone of our national next-generation cloud computing services, handling complex data storage and offering unsurpassed connectivity, superior functionality, state-of-the-art security and industry-leading reliability to our clients,” said Lloyd Switzer, Telus’ senior-vice president of network transformation.

“The centre’s modular design and ability to expand to meet the growing demands of our clients is rooted in our passion for putting customers first in all we do, and positions Telus to lead the industry in sustainable data centres.”

Switzer explained that Kamloops is the perfect location for this datacentre due to its geography, climate, proximity to our networks and clean power, and the presence of a highly skilled workforce.

“The completion of one of the most environmentally sustainable data centres in the world is something all of us, especially the local community, should be very proud of. We extend our gratitude to the entire community of Kamloops, the provincial government and everyone else who helped us to construct and launch this leading-edge facility,” he added.

The recently announced datacentre is one of eight Telus operates across Canada, and the company has made big investments to bolster its managed services, colocation and cloud offerings over the past two years in a bid to keep up with its largest rival in the mobile space Rogers Communications. Rogers has been acquiring hosting providers left and right to strengthen its grip on the enterprise IT market.