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Telehouse launches three Toronto data centres to facilitate internet traffic flow

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TORONTO – Data centre service provider Telehouse is expanding to Canada with the launch of three locations in downtown Toronto that will act as central meeting points for internet traffic flow.

The company acquired the three sites, located at 151 Front St. W., 250 Front St. W. and 905 King St. W., last year for $1.35 billion.

The data centres will allow hundreds of internet carriers and service providers, cloud providers and content providers to connect by establishing a handoff location within Telehouse’s buildings, the company said Monday.



Telehouse Canada’s three new carrier-neutral data centres, located in Toronto, will serve internet service providers, application service providers and Canada’s telecom networks. Servers are seen inside a new Telehouse Canada data centre, in Toronto in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Telehouse Canada, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Andy Fenton, director of sales and marketing for Telehouse Canada, said it chose to operate in downtown buildings to make it more efficient and cost-effective for companies relying on high-speed connections to link up with a provider’s network.

“If you’re a startup gaming company that resides in the [Greater Toronto Area], you have options of where you want to put your compute resources. If you locate them in the north part of the city, it’s unlikely that you’d be able to establish the connectivity required to the rest of the planet,” Fenton said during a virtual press conference on Monday.

“You would have to somehow make arrangements to meet those carriers in the building that you chose in the northern part of the city.”

Telehouse Canada said its data centres are carrier-neutral and provide more than 30 megawatts of IT load. More than half of all Canadian carriers, service providers and content providers already have a presence at Telehouse Canada’s data centres.

“We don’t pick favourites,” said Fenton.

“We operate completely independent of all the carriers. We establish the framework and the rules around how they interconnect within our building and we facilitate those interconnections.”

The company said the expansion to Canada is based on growing demand for connectivity services in the country as it transitions to 5G, along with the spread of [Internet of Things] technology.