QTS Realty Trust has announced that Telia Carrier, owner and operator of the world's #1 ranked global network backbone, has deployed a connectivity node in QTS’ Richmond mega data center.

Telia Carrier’s extensive fiber network and advanced network services further expand QTS’ ability to provide low latency connectivity and reinforce QTS as the largest provider in Richmond with more than one terabit of on-net capacity. Large companies and hyperscale providers have significant requirements for capacity and high-speed global reach. QTS Richmond’s proximity to Ashburn, Virginia to the north and the new Virginia Beach Cable Landing (VBCL) to the south, make the facility particularly attractive

Richmond’s growing status as a business destination for IT companies is supported by a business-friendly tax environment, lower cost of living, and lower cost of power. The result is a significant savings in IT outsourcing cost. Additionally, Facebook recently announced plans to build a $1 billion data center adjacent to QTS’ Richmond campus.

“The Telia Carrier partnership allows QTS to provide optimum proximity and connectivity for Richmond’s thriving business community including a growing number of multinational corporations,” said Brent Bensten, chief technology officer, product development, QTS. “As Richmond’s largest data center, QTS’ partnership with the world’s number one network backbone provider is a significant addition to our expanding connectivity capabilities.”

“As one of the world’s leading telecommunications providers, Telia Carrier empowers highly flexible and scalable IT infrastructure partners backed by the highest levels of high-touch enterprise support,” said Art Kazmierczak, director business and network development, Americas for Telia Carrier. “We are pleased to partner with QTS and expand the availability of our highly compelling suite of international network services in the Mid-Atlantic region.”

QTS’ mega scale Richmond data center encompasses a 1.3 million sq ft facility on a 220-acre campus with more than 550,000 sq ft of raised floor capacity providing a wide range of IT infrastructure services including significant capacity optimized for hyperscale. The campus features 12 megawatts currently available with the ability to expand to more than 400 megawatts on the campus.