East Londonderry MLAs George Robinson and Maurice Bradley visited Northern Ireland’s first carrier neutral Data Centre at the Atlantic Link site this week, and have described the facility as ‘impressive’.
The investor and anchor tenant is 5Nines, a global data centre builder and operator which is preparing to open the centre near Ulster University’s Coleraine Campus, next month.
In a joint statement the East Londonderry representatives said: “It is great to see this project finally coming to fruition.
“The Centre is something totally unique for Northern Ireland, and we hope that it will put the Coleraine area on the digital map.
“The data centre, located on Northern Ireland’s enterprise zone, ‘Atlantic Link’ was something that our colleague, and MP for the area Gregory Campbell had tirelessly campaigned for. Party Leader Arlene Foster also championed the project, so it is great to be able to see the Centre almost operational.
“The Data Centre can only be described as an innovative project. It has already created employment at the construction stage and it will create more jobs at operational stage.
“The main plus being that it will provide the specialist infrastructure to enable investment from IT companies.
“Northern Ireland has been described as “an area of expertise” in the IT sector, so Centres like this one in Coleraine will hopefully encourage businesses to the area to make use of the skills we have on offer.
“I know that 5Nines has already been in talks with the Universities here in Northern Ireland that offer IT qualifications.
“Coleraine and indeed the North Coast is often only talked about in terms of our fantastic tourist offering, this project gives us another totally unique selling point.
“In global terms the internet lands in London, but this is a fantastic opportunity to land the internet highway directly onto the North Coast.
“We have something which is a first for Northern Ireland, and as elected representatives we will be promoting this project, and encourage firms from across the globe to make use of this facility right here on our doorstep,” concluded the pair.