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13 January, 2006 - 12:07 By Staff Reporter

Telstra to launch data centre

Telstra Europe, the local subsidiary of Australian telecoms giant, Telstra Corporation, and a leading provider of voice and internet services, is to launch a new data centre at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge.The centre will provide secure and reliable data security protection to new and existing clients and will become Telstra’s third UK-based data centre after facilities in London’s docklands and Sunderland.

Telstra Europe already has a strong and loyal customer base in Cambridge for its secure data hosting and fail safe disaster recovery systems.

However, the firm believes this new data hosting centre will provide existing and new customers in the region with the most robust and resilient data security protection currently available.

David Thorn, CEO of Telstra Europe, said: “Cambridge is a real hub of hi-tech industry and research and in need of a secure data centre.

“With increased regulatory requirements governing data storage, including Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II and the Data Protection Act amongst others, compliance has been propelled to the top of the board room agenda.

“Having secure off-site data back up, at a safe geographical distance from the original site has become a priority for customers in the region and highly recommended by regulatory bodies.

“We have a strong and loyal customer base in Cambridge and our new high-tech data centre will provide them and new customers with the most robust and resilient data security protection available today.

“It will help ensure they continue to flourish, are in line with regulatory compliance and retain their competitive edge.”

The site will be officially opened next week by the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Richard Alston, who is expected to deliver the keynote address.

Telstra made a significant move into Cambridge in August 2004 when it paid £50m for PSINet UK.

The acquisition enabled PSINet and Australian firm Telstra to meet the growing demand for converged voice and data services.

The company is one of the largest telecom firms in the world and has been operational in Europe for over 14 years. In its last published results, the company declared a turnover of £9.72 billion and a pre-tax profit of £1.905bn.

Telstra Europe offers an extensive range of voice and data services including total managed network solutions using Global IP-VPN (MPLS), Internet, ATM, Frame Relay, Private Lines, hosting and co-location services and enhanced voice solutions to SMEs and multinational corporations in the UK.

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