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In the News: Data Center Headlines in Asia Featuring NTT, Equinix, Alibaba, China Telecom & More

True to its title as the fastest-growing data center market in the world, Asia is expected to deploy a staggering 70 hyperscale data centers over the next three years*. Already home to 600+ data centers, Japan, India, Hong Kong, China and Singapore currently account for 70% of the colocation facilities across Asia, with further growth predicted in all five regions in addition to Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.Whilst there are 240+ data center operators in the region, Equinix has proven itself to be the dominant provider, topping Cloudscene's leaderboard each quarter:

Q2 Leaderboard - Asia

Although the total data centers in Asia are just a drop in the ocean (so to speak) compared to the 2,000+ facilities that are operating in the United State alone, there is no arguing the potential of the region and the significant growth that is still to come. For this reason, the data center market in Asia is rarely short of industry announcements pertaining to data center expansions, construction and investment. Here, we've summarized the top news headlines across the data center market in Asia this month:NTT Communications to Invest $160 Million in India Data Center ExpansionNTT Communications last week announced that it would offer international data services in India, after acquiring a Virtual Network Operator International Long Distance licence, and beginning construction of two data centers in Bangalore and Mumbai at a cost of over $160 million. NTT Com is the first Japanese company to hold the licence in India, and is offering international network services in partnership with local carriers. The two new facilities will be operational by April 2018, and will accommodate 4250 racks, almost doubling NTT Com’s India data center footprint by 500,000 square feet to a total of 1.1 million square feet.Equinix Announces Eighth Expansion of Singapore SG2 Data CenterEquinix intends to invest another $41.8 million in its SG2 data center, expanding the Singapore facility for the eighth time. The company is adding 1,400 cabinets across 47,666 square meters of colocation space, and increasing the center’s operational capacity to 6,300 cabinets. The expansion will accommodate the growing demand for direct connection via Equinix Cloud Exchange to leading cloud providers such as AWS, Google and Microsoft. Equinix’s three Singapore data centers are all BCA-IMDA Green Mark Certified for sustainable design, energy efficiency, and reduced environment impact.GDS to Open Fifth Shanghai Data CenterGDS Holdings Limited has begun construction of a new 4,700 square meter facility in the Tangzhen district of Shanghai – its fifth presence in the city. The data center will target the many credit card processing centers and other Financial Service Institutions clustered around the locality. The company already supports almost 100 FSI customers from its nearby Waigaoqiao data center campus. According to Chairman and CEO William Huang, the facility will increase GDS’ Shanghai capacity by 15% and strengthen the company’s leadership position in China.Alibaba to Consume Entire GDS Beijing 3 Data CenterAlibaba has agreed to occupy the entire capacity of GDS’ Beijing 3 data center. The facility is presently under construction, and will offer 45,854 square feet of floor space when it opens next year. Alibaba already leases a substantial portion of GDS’ adjacent Beijing 1 data center, and requires the additional capacity to address China’s unprecedented growing demand for cloud-based services. GDS made $127 million in sales over the past year, mainly from its core facilities in Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai.China Telecom Expands Data Center CapacityUnder a collaborative agreement with Global Switch, China Telecom is adding a new floor to its Shatin facility in Hong Kong, as well as establishing colocation areas within two new buildings being constructed as part of Global Switch’s 45,000 square meter Tseung Kwan O data center. The TKO facility is targeting BEAM PLUS Gold and LEED Gold energy efficiency standards, and will include connectivity to three undersea cables. China Telecom Americas has also expanded its North American coverage with three new PoPs in Illinois, Oregon and Quebec. China Telecom Americas President Joe Han said the investments ensure customers can rely on low-latency global connectivity for fast and flexible application deployment.Bridge Data Centres to Invest $400 Million in India MarketSingapore-based Bridge Data Centres plans to invest $400 million in a greenfield facility in Mumbai, in addition to further investment across the APAC region over the next two years, including expansion into Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Philippines and Indonesia. Company co-founder Michael Foust says Bridge Data Centres intends to establish a leadership presence via market disruption and by tapping into the supply-constrained and under-served India market. The company believes India still lacks the design, construction and operation standards seen in more established hubs, although the arrival of international customers into the country is forcing the industry to evolve and grow quickly.Apple to Construct its First Chinese Data CenterApple is planning to build its first data center in China, designed to accelerate services for Chinese users and to comply with regulations that require international companies to store data within the country. The facility will be 100% powered by renewable energy and forms part of Apple’s $1 billion investment in the province of Guizhou. The impoverished mountainous region hopes the investment will help to deliver professional jobs and prosperity to the area. China is Apple’s second-largest global market, however its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies services were banned by the State Administration last year.Visa Unveils Southeast Asia Data CenterVisa has opened a new data center in Singapore – the company’s first transaction processing facility in Southeast Asia, serving merchants, cardholders and clients across the region. The initiative is intended to improve the resilience, speed and geographical diversity of Visa’s infrastructure. This is Visa’s third large-scale investment in Singapore in recent years, following the launch of its Visa University international campus in September 2016, and its Singapore Innovation Center in April 2016. Singapore is seen as a key hub for the company as it strengthens its ability to cater for the world’s growing demand for digital payments.This month, Cloudscene released the Q2, 2017 Leaderboard rankings providing a snapshot of the top ten data center operators in Asia based on connectivity and total data centers across the region. Leading the operators once again was Equinix, followed by SUNeVision, NTT, Global Switch and Netmagic Solutions. Read the media release*According to research consultancy firm, Broadgroup

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