TransGrid partners with Virtutel to enable Regional Data Centres


Key points
  • Agreement between TransGrid and Virtutel paves way for Modular Data Centre (MDC) project in Albury
  • 25 year-deal includes a combination of property, construction and fibre optic network assets
  • Albury facility to be the first in a planned rollout of MDC’s across regional Australia
A new modular data centre will be built in Albury, New South Wales, following finalisation of commercial arrangements between TransGrid Telecommunications and telecommunications service provider Virtutel.

Under the arrangement, TransGrid will provide facility access adjacent to its Albury substation to Virtutel subsidiary VirtuDC for 25 years. This will allow for the installation of Virtutel’s Modular Data Centre and the co-location of telecommunications equipment and associated ancillary equipment. 

“We’re pleased to support the development of data centres and provide critical telecommunications infrastructure in regional areas” said TransGrid’s Head of Telecommunications, Glenn Wood.

“With emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles and the internet of things, locating data centres in regional areas means that the same types of service levels that are available in capital cities will be available to regionally based customers.

“We’re working with Virtutel to identify other locations in regional New South Wales where a modular data centre could be located. 

“Decisions on other locations will be made once the Albury site is operational,” Wood said.

Albury City Mayor Kevin Mack said the investment was a vote of confidence in Albury’s growing emergence as a ‘smart city’.

“The project aligns perfectly with our Two Cities One Community Strategic Plan, so we are thrilled that Albury Wodonga has been chosen for the first of these facilities,” he said.

“We’re always looking to embrace the technology of the future and the new data centre is a perfect fit as we work to become even smarter, more productive and better placed to harness the benefits of emerging technology.”

TransGrid is the operator and manager of the NSW high voltage transmission network. TransGrid’s fibre optic telecommunications network, which was built to support the high voltage network, covers more than 4,000 kilometres across regional and metropolitan areas.