Australia-based Leading Edge Data Centres has announced its investment in a new $19.6 million data centre in Newcastle and Hunter regions of New South Wales. The 1.5-megawatt data centre will serve as the home to four 375-kilowatt facilities. The data centre will provide cloud-based services to local enterprises in the Hunter and New Castle region.

Research says the data centre market in Australian is expected to grow at 5% CAGR from 2018 to 2024 [1]. With the new data centre, Leading edge aims to feed the growing demand in the market. The data centre network provider will upgrade its digital infrastructure as a part of its plan to roll out a tier-3 edge data centre. The new data centre project is also expected to generate more than 130 job opportunities during the construction period.

The new data centre by Leading Edge

For the Newcastle and Hunter Region, the new data centre will be a game-changer. Leading Edge Data Centres aims to deliver this enablement platform to help in decreasing latency issues in data internet by reducing the dependency on metro-based infrastructure. The tier-3 certified data centre will ensure a secure and concurrently maintainable environment for local as well as national enterprise to locate their IT infrastructure. The initial stage of the Newcastle campus is scheduled to open by November. 

According to Leading Edge, Newcastle campus development is part of its phase 1 roll-out of 14 regional data centres in New South Wales. Many of the finalised locations are currently in the approval process with local councils, said the company.

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More about the announcement 


Nuatali Nelmes, Newcastle Lord Mayor says the City of Newcastle welcomes the news of the significant investment in digital infrastructure in the region. The Mayor adds the investment aligns with the city’s goals to create a smart city under the Newcastle Smart City Strategy.

The company says the data centre makes way for businesses to prosper in Newcastle in addition to delivering an enhanced digital experience for residents and local industry and residents. CEO of Leading Edge Data Centres, Chris Thorpe says to upgrade the digital infrastructure of Australia, improving regional connectivity is of strategic importance. 

Thorpe adds they have seen Australian workforce work remotely at scale. With localised high-capacity data centres, everyone can work alike in an appropriate and efficient IT environment. Apart from NSW, Leading Edge Data Centres added that it also plans to expand its presence in regional Queensland and Victoria. 


[1] Research and Markets (2019) “Australia Data Center Market 2019-2024” [Online] Available from: [Accessed June 2020]

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