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QCN Fibre sees role facilitating edge DCs

09 Jun, 2020

The real estate holdings of Queensland electricity utilities and local councils could be used to house edge datacentres in regional parts of the state under an idea being explored by QCN Fibre. The chief executive of QCN, Derek Merdith, said he believes the state government owned backhaul provider could play the role of facilitator for datacentre operators that want to deploy edge DCs in Queensland. QCN is jointly owned by Powerlink and Energy Queensland and uses fibre originally rolled out by the two utilities. “Not only do we have 10,000kms of fibre throughout Queensland, but we’ve got a lot of depots, substations and other real estate that we have effectively access to,” Merdith said. “What we’re looking at is, if there’s a substation near town, do we look at carving off a piece and then quarantining that area to put a mini edge DC there? “There that does two things: One it is connected onto the network right there. And two, you’ve got a mini DC in the local town, as opposed to long-lining it all back to Brisbane or to the nearest big town.” “We’re about coverage and connectivity,” Merdith said. “By default, our parent companies have got a…

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QCN eyes CopperString opportunities in Queensland

26 May, 2020

Fibre laid as part of Queensland’s massive CopperString 2.0 high-voltage transmission line could open up new opportunities for the state…

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Improving Bundaberg’s digital infrastructure

05 May, 2020

As part of the Bundaberg Region’s Intelligent Community Strategy, Council is exploring ways to improve digital infrastructure and connectivity throughout…

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Open access aggregated network play targets Gold Coast, Bundaberg opportunities

05 May, 2020

A Queensland-based open access aggregated network vehicle is targeting the Gold Coast and Bundaberg as the first markets for its…

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