The construction of a multi-million dollar data centre touted to bring faster and more reliable internet to Riverina businesses is set to take place early next year.
Wagga City Council has approved Leading Edge Data Centres' development application to build the $2.7 million telecommunications facility in Turvey Park.
The data centre will be put together off-site before being installed on a Urana Street lot which previously housed part of Charles Sturt University's south campus.
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Chris Thorpe, the CEO of Leading Edge Data Centres, was delighted to hear the project had been approved and said the plan is to have it up and running by June.
"It's great news because the regional population has been so under-served for so long," he said.
"We've already got a number of local businesses already that are keen to jump on straight away."
Local businesses, companies and organisations who join the data centre's network are being promised dramatically faster internet and connectivity speeds.
The centre will be one of dozens installed across regional NSW as part of Leading Edge Data Centres' plan to close the digital divide between metro and rural areas.
"It's an opportunity for local, regional businesses to operate on a level playing field with those metro businesses," Mr Thorpe said.
The CEO expects the boosted internet speeds to help facilitate the creation of more than 600 jobs and contribute over $100 million to the Wagga economy each year.
The Turvey Park data centre will be made up of three separate 400 square metre buildings which will operate 24/7.
No staff will be based at the site and the lot will be encircled by a three metre high fence.
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