Telia Carrier provides global connectivity to ultra-green data centre

Created June 20, 2019
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Telia Carrier has announced a partnership with Sweden’s EcoDataCenter, the “world’s first climate positive” data centre. The deal will offer customers of the facility full access to Telia Carrier’s fibre and interconnectivity services, while hosting their data in a highly secure green data centre.

EcoDataCenter builds facilities for co-location, HPC (high-performance computing) and wholesale/hyperscale data services. Its first plant in Falun, Sweden, is connected to the town’s heating and power plant, allowing surplus heat from the data centre to be fed directly back to the heating plant. The facility is also run entirely on renewable energy sources.

“Telia Carrier has mapped out ambitious sustainability targets that we need to meet by 2030, and this partnership with EcoDataCenter is integral in helping us to achieve these,” said Mattias Fridstrom, vice president and chief evangelist at Telia Carrier. “We have been in discussions with EcoDataCenter for the last five years as we recognised the importance of what it was aspiring to achieve, and we very much wanted to be a part of it.”

He added, “Data should be located and stored where it’s most economical, both in terms of sustainability and cost, and this partnership is vital in delivering this. Customers can make the right ecological decisions for their data, while we take care of its connectivity, ensuring its security and performance regardless of where in the world it’s needed.”

Mikael Svanfeldt, CTO of EcoDataCenter, said, “Telia Carrier was an obvious partner for us as it seeks to use innovation and growth to help improve environmental action and quality of life. The combination of our data centre solutions and Telia Carrier’s market-leading global connectivity allows us to deliver world class performance to customers with mission-critical requirements.”

Telia Carrier’s global IP backbone, AS1299, enables worldwide connectivity by connecting more than 280 points of presence (PoPs) across Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

EcoDataCenter is aiming to become a leading player in the Nordics region. It recently purchased Fortlax as a first step in expanding its facilities.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation