The Victorian ICT sector is set to gain a significant boost as IBX datacentre and co-location provider, Equinix, prepares to commence the construction of a $60 million datacentre in Port Melbourne.

According to Equinix Australia managing director, Tony Simonsen, the company has received strong demand from customers for a presence in Melbourne "for some time."

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"Proximity is increasingly important for network performance, so for a business hub like Melbourne, it was an essential next step that Equinix continue to support the datacentre market and expand its Australian footprint," he said.

Minister for Technology, Gordon Rich-Phillips, said building will begin "this year" with the first phase of 375 cabinets scheduled for completion "towards the end of 2014."

He also said the investment is expected to create around 20 new jobs by the first quarter of 2015.

"This is a significant announcement for Victoria and, as data consumption and Cloud service increases across the world, the new facility will address the high demand from customers for premium datacentre services in Melbourne," Rich-Phillips said.