Rogers Communications Inc. said Wednesday it is expanding its Edmonton data centre and adding a new one in Calgary, as well as that it launched a new unit to deal with such operations. The company said it has added 6,000 square feet to its existing data centre in Edmonton. Rogers spokeswoman Michelle Lewis said in an emailed statement the new space will open on Thursday and the facility will be 18,000 square feet. Rogers said in its release it will open in January a new 80,000-square foot data centre in Calgary, which will become its flagship data centre for Western Canada. It also announced it had launched a new operating unit called Rogers Data Centres, which is under the direction of AJ Byers, who serves as president of the division. "We have experienced strong demand for data centre services in Western Canada, and the two expansions announced today are the core platform allowing us to deliver enhanced data centre, cloud and managed technology services to Alberta's thriving business community,” Byers said in the release. Lewis said these data centre expansions represent an investment of $75 million and are separate from $700 million in previously announced investments by Rogers in Alberta for the next four years. The announcement said Rogers Data Centres operates 14 locations across the country, which serve more than 870 organizations.