Regional data facilities for corporate users

Australian telco Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications last week opened the first of seven regional data facilities to be completed by the end of the year.

The facility in Morwell, Victoria is the result of significant demand for data services in the Gippsland region and clients include Yallourn Energy, La Trobe Home Loans of Australia Ltd, WMB Pty Ltd and the Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE.

According to Macquarie's chief executive David Tudehope the regional facilities will reduce network costs and facilitate a business environment corporate users should expect in a deregulated environment.

"Without new players in these regional markets local business suffer from higher costs and lose competitive advantages due to the limited range of data services currently available; an organisation that manages its telecommunications and data more effectively, particularly in areas such as the Internet and e-business, is better equipped to compete in any market whether its local, national or global," Tudehope said.

One of the first local companies to sign on for Macquarie Data Services was Geo-Eng Pty Ltd, a provider of multi-disciplinary engineering, scientific and business services to the Asia Pacific region.

The company has 150 staff based in five major offices throughout Australia, China and Indonesia.

Geo-Eng IT manager Alex Irvine said while email has increased the company's efficiency and consulting value it lacked true information, knowledge and data sharing capabilities between offices, employees and clients.

"We intend to use the network to take our e-business practices to a totally new level enabling us to collaborate in real-time regardless of geographic boundaries; we are also leveraging the implementation and operating costs by establishing voice services between our offices," Irvine said.

The company will achieve this by using the Macquarie network and Lotus Notes.

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