Rostelecom to Build First Arctic Data Center in Northwest Russia

Director of PJSC Rostelecom, Alexander Loginov and Governor of Murmansk Oblast, Andrey Chibis. (Photo: Murmansk Regional Government)

Murmansk Regional Government said this week that Rostelecom will open a data center on the Kola Peninsula in mid-2022.

Rostelecom said it planned to start work on the creation of a data center either at the end of this year or at the beginning of next. The planned completion date of the project is July 2022, as reported by TASS

The facility is reportedly the first in the Russian Arctic, and the company will invest around 300 million rubles ($4.2m) in the project.

“We believe that the local centers located in the centers of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation will act as an additional locomotive for the digitalization of industry in the regions and the national economy,” said Alexander Loginov, Director of the North-West macroregional branch of PJSC Rostelecom.

Loginov explained that operating data centers in the polar circle can be more efficient as “the low temperatures of the Arctic climatic zone can reduce parts of the maintenance costs.

“The amount of data is radically increasing, so such a center will help store and process information,” said Murmansk Governor Andrey Chibis. “The center is necessary for our business, which today is also very actively involved in reducing costs and increasing the efficiency and productivity of labor. "

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