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Leading Edge opens data center in Dubbo

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Leading Edge opens data center in Dubbo

Leading Edge Data Centres (LEDC), a provider of Tier III Edge regional data centers, recently announced the opening of its third regional facility.

LEDC’s Dubbo data center will serve as its third investment in Australia, following the Newcastle and Tamworth data centers built earlier in 2021. So far, LEDC have invested and committed close to $30M in the development of edge data centers. The investment in the first edge data center in Dubbo is $7.7M in FY21 and FY22.

Dubbo is a leading regional center in Australia, with a population growing at 1.3% per annum, 23,000 regional jobs, and an annual economic output of $7.2B. Located approximately 400km northwest of Sydney, the local economy is heavily driven by the construction, health care and social assistance sectors, whilst the region’s agricultural and mining sectors are growing. Dubbo has long suffered from poor connectivity and low resilience due to reliance on Sydney-based data centers, coupled with regular power and network outages.

Social Ventures Australia, a consulting practice that specializes in social change, recently completed analysis on the long-term, annualized economic, social and environmental impacts of LEDC’s data centers in Dubbo, indicating:

• 621 new jobs forecasted
• $57M p.a. contribution to the Dubbo Economy
• $457K of benefit through averted carbon dioxide emissions by 4,500tCO2e
• $30M of benefit to businesses, through decreased network costs, reduction of network outages and increased productivity
• $20M of benefit (increasing year-on-year) to businesses through unlocking new business opportunities

This model will be replicated across all of its 26 regional data center sites.

Dubbo’s first data center opens its door

On Friday, 10 December, the new data center was opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Member for the Dubbo electorate, Dugald Saunders and CEO of Dubbo Regional Council Murray Wood. Mr Saunders said that the data center will provide new opportunities across Western NSW.

“Local Dubbo businesses will be able to access advanced digital infrastructure in a secure facility, with better connectivity and choice of provider. The benefits for Dubbo are far-reaching as there will be new jobs and local economic growth which will positively impact the entire Orana region.”

CEO and Founder of LEDC Chris Thorpe added, “Today marks a huge step forward for Dubbo and Western NSW. We are proud to have created so many regional jobs in the design, fabrication and build of the data centres, but more importantly, 621 new jobs are forecast to be created in the Orana Region and an additional $57M into the local economy, empowering the regional companies that are able to compete on an equal footing with metropolitan cities and the world.”

With 26 regional data centers in plan across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, LEDC has successfully opened data centers in Newcastle, Tamworth and Dubbo. Other NSW and Victorian locations in the pipeline include Albury, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour, Bathurst, Shepparton, Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Traralgon, Horsham and Mildura.

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