MTS to Build World-Class Data Centre in Manitoba

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. plans to design and build a commercial, multi-tenant data centre in Manitoba.  The $50-million facility is expected to open in 2015, positioning MTS to become a leading provider of server colocation, managed hosting and cloud services in Manitoba.
"Our business customers are increasingly using cloud computing to store and process ever-expanding amounts of data," said Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. Chief Executive Officer Pierre Blouin. "With this state-of-the-art data centre, MTS will be able to deliver world-class solutions to Manitoba businesses, fulfilling an important and growing business need."
MTS's new data centre is designed to serve multiple businesses and allow for future expansion. The data centre will be approximately 70,000 ft2 in size, designed to meet the highest industry standards in security and reliability, and qualify for Uptime Institute's Tier III certification. It will be the only custom-built commercial data centre of this size in Manitoba, enabling customers to securely host IT equipment.
As the leading telecom services provider in Manitoba, MTS is positioned to deliver a full range of high-quality connectivity services to customers locating their critical IT infrastructure in the data centre. The Company plans to leverage Manitoba's cooler climate, lower real estate costs, and supply of clean, economical power to offer customers a cost-effective data storage solution.
"With the only data centre like this in Manitoba, MTS customers can be assured that their IT infrastructure will operate reliably and securely, and that their important data will stay safely within our province," added Mr. Blouin. "This is an exciting opportunity that is expected to provide growth, is in demand by our current business customers and represents a logical extension of our existing telecom services."
Today's announcement represents MTS's second significant expansion into the IT space, following the acquisition of Winnipeg-based EPIC Information Solutions earlier this year. EPIC Information Solutions will provide the skills and expertise needed to effectively operate the new data centre.
Construction of the new data centre is scheduled to begin in 2014, with plans to be fully operational in 2015. The impact of this project on the Company's 2014 financial results is not expected to be significant and is not expected to change the Company's 2014 Outlook previously announced on November 7, 2013.

on December 19, 2013