Teleglobe Internet firm signs for e-base in Doral park
By Marilyn Bowden
Teleglobe, a provider of global Internet services, has leased space in Doral e-Commerce Park for one of eight Internet data centers that will kick off a new worldwide initiative.
The Reston, VA-based company signed a 12-year lease for about 70,000 square feet in phase one of the 36-acre park, adjacent to Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 6000 NW 97th Ave.
"We are building a global network of Internet hosting centers that will link media e-commerce systems together," said Greg Ewert, vice president of Internet data center initiatives for Teleglobe.
According to company literature, Teleglobe last month became the global marketing arm of BCE, Canada's largest communications company, when the Canadian Bell bought its outstanding shares.
Mr. Ewert said Teleglobe plans to set up data centers over the next year in Frankfurt, London, Tokyo, Toronto, San Francisco, New York, Miami and Washington, DC.
"We chose Miami for two major reasons," he said. "It's the gateway to Latin America from a physical standpoint, because our cables for Latin America come in to the Miami area.
"Also, a lot of the Latin American multinational firms need hosting centers. They are gravitating towards the Miami area."
While the company also plans smaller centers in specific Latin American countries, he said, they do not have the power redundancies and technical resources Miami can offer.
"The physical infrastructure in Miami is much more robust," he said.
Mr. Ewert said he expects a Miami location will be up and running by third quarter 2001.
It will create jobs for local professionals, he said, though he could not estimate how many.
Teleglobe looked at several possibilities locally before choosing Doral eCommerce Park, said Laura Kessel, vice president of the office services group at Grubb & Ellis, who represented Teleglobe in the transaction with Kevin Maggiacomo and John O'Donnell of RTE Realty.
"We looked at the central business district, where the majority of fiber providers are located," she said, "as well as towards the Airport West area."
Although both the Omni Technology Center at the site of the former Omni mall and Terremark's Technology Center of the Americas next to the Miami Arena have large blocks of space available, Ms. Kessel said, "part of their specifications were that it had to be existing space. They were not willing to wait."
Doral e-Commerce had the fiber and power redundancy the tenant required, she said.
Robert Cambo, general partner with Paul Douglas in the development of Doral eCommerce Park, said Teleglobe is the park's first tenant. It will occupy almost half of the first phase building's 200,000 square feet.
"The walls are up for phase two," he said a building that will deliver another 200,000 square feet of telecom space to the market.
He said the park, on 36 acres next to Doral Golf Resort & Spa, will eventually offer 625,000 square feet.
Mr. Cambo said he is confident telecommunications tenants will continue to flock to the area.
"Our reports show companies looking for upwards of a million square feet are looking to relocate in Airport West," he said, "and we have made a complete commitment to go after them exclusively. It's telecom or bust."
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