MOSCOW: Rostelecom PJSC, the largest digital service provider, operating in all segments of the telecommunications market in Russia, has commercially launched its core regional datacentre in Ekaterinburg.

The launch reflects the Company’s strategy to develop a geographically diversified nationwide network of data centres, and supports the “Information Infrastructure” federal project as part of the “Russia Digital Economy” programme. By 2024 core datacentres are expected to be launched across all federal districts of Russia.

The construction of the Ekaterinburg data centre commenced in December 2018 through the installation of key technological equipment completed in April 2019. The installed capacity of the first section amounts to 2 Mwatt and 216 racks. Electricity provision is organized through two independent sources which reserves 100% generation capacity. The second section is expected to be launched in 2020. The total capacity of both sections will stand at 432 racks.

Pavel Kaplunov, Vice President for Cloud Services, commented: “Historically, over 85% of overall datacentre capacity has been concentrated in Moscow and St-Petersburg. Our strategy to develop a geographically diversified network of data centres will eliminate the digital inequality across Russia, ensuring a high level of digital infrastructure for corporate and state clients. We are already seeing an increasing demand for reliable and competitive datacentres and cloud solutions from potential clients at the beginning of construction, and will be installing the customers’ equipment shortly after the commercial launch.”