Russian telco Beeline is to occupy a large amount of space within a new data in eastern Siberia.

The company, part of PJSC VimpelCom, announced this month it will house IT infrastructure in the upcoming facility in Nadezhdinskaya in Primorsky Territory.

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First announced last year, the modular facility will be deployed on a 2-hectare site in two phases with a total capacity of 880 IT racks and 10MW. The commissioning of the first 440-rack, 4MW stage is scheduled for the end of 2022 and will cover 2,200 sqm.

Beeline will lease a “significant amount” of the new facility, which aims to achieve Tier III certification from Uptime. From there, its Beeline Business unit will provide professional IT services for corporate and government customers.

“We highly appreciate the results of interaction with Key Point over the past year. The location of the Data Processing Center in Novosibirsk is a logical and, at the same time, a strategically important step for us. Here we are located as close as possible to our customers, which means that our platform, infrastructure, and, in general, expertise can help businesses effectively digitalize their processes. The partnership scheme for the construction of a data center in Novosibirsk will significantly accelerate the implementation of the Beeline technology strategy, which is aimed at providing modern telecom and data services to our customers,” said Maxim Sharkov, Regional Director of the Eastern Region of PJSC VimpelCom.

Evgeny Virtser, General Director of Key Point, added: “Our strategic partnership with VimpelCom provides the data center under construction with a high credibility, given the strict corporate standards of this telecom operator, both in terms of the operational characteristics of the infrastructure, and in terms of the parameters of the provided digital and communication services.”

The companies also said they were considering new projects aimed at ‘creating the best conditions for the development of digital and telecommunications services’ in the Far East and other regions.

Primorsky (officially knowns as Primorsky Krai, and informally known as Primorye) is located in the far east of Russia on the Japanese Sea and borders North Korea. The city of Vladivostok is the administrative center of the region, while Nadezhdinsky District is located towards the south.

Key Point is a franchise partner of Russian data center firm 3data specifically set up to build and operate the data center campus in Primorsky. However, the company recently said it is planning to build 35 data centers over the next five years in all major regions of Russia.

Key Point this month signed an agreement with Sakhalin Oblast Governor Valery Igorevich to build a data center in the Sakhalin Region. Sakhalin is an island off the east coast of Russia, north of Japan. Details around precise location, specifications, or timelines were not shared.

“The Sakhalin project will become one of the most important strategic stages in the development of a regional network of data processing centers. Our team has enough qualifications, experience, and resources to successfully implement these plans. Already today we are ready to discuss specific organizational and technological issues that apply directly to the specifics of Sakhalin,” said Key Point’s Virtser.

Beeline, part of VimpelCom PJSC, is part of the VEON Group of Companies.

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