Equinix will spend $76.6 million on the first phase of a new data centre in Perth, offering an initial capacity of 650 cabinets.

Termed an International Business Exchange (IBX) by Equinix, the PE3 data centre will be located to next to the company’s existing PE2 IBX facility, some 22 kilometres from the Perth Airport.

Planned to open in the fourth quarter of 2021, PE3 will have colocation space of 1830 m2.

This will expand to 10,600 m2 when fully built, allowing for a total of 1650 cabinets.

PE3 will be the third data centre in the Western Australian capital, with the new Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) and Indigo cable systems terminating at Equinix’s Perth campus.

The new cables in Perth mean the time to transfer data between Singapore and Australia is reduced by half, Equinix claimed.

Customers expected to sign up for PE3 include mining company BHP, and cloud provider Zettagrid.

When PE3 is commissioned, it will be the 18th data centre Equinix operates in Australia.

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