ST Telemedia expands data centre footprint in Singapore
By Digital News Asia March 19, 2015
- Singapore facility integral to its long-term global data centre plan
- 150,000 sq ft data centre to be built with highest Tier III industry standards
SINGAPORE Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia) said it has recently acquired land to build its flagship data centre in Singapore, following its data centre investment in China’s GDS Services last year.
ST Telemedia is a strategic investor focused on the global communications, media and technology business. Last July, it announced it was acquiring a 40% stake in GDS, a provider of high-availability data centre services in China.
The Singapore facility is integral to its long-term global data centre plan, the company said in a statement.
Located at Defu Lane and in close proximity to mature data centre clusters, the 150,000 sq ft facility will be built with the highest Tier III industry standards, and critical certifications such as LEED and BCA-IDA Green Mark.
The facility will be supported by a team of experienced data centre experts with a proven track record of execution capability and deep industry relationships, it added.
Demand for data centre space has outstripped supply globally and in Singapore, primarily due to increasing digitisation and the growth in the number of online users, ST Telemedia said.
According to BroadGroup’s 2014 research report, utilisation of data centre space in Singapore is forecast to remain strong at close to 90% by 2018, it added.
Singapore is well positioned as both Asia’s Internet connectivity hub and South-East Asia's data centre hub, housing the regional or Asia Pacific headquarters of more than 80 of the top 100 software and services companies, ST Telemedia said.
The Singapore flagship asset will provide a crucial presence for existing data centre investments and assets within the ST Telemedia group to tap on the region’s strong data centre demand, it added.
“We are entering the data centre market at an opportune time when the Singapore Government is pushing forward its vision to be the world’s first Smart Nation, and data centres are important infrastructure to support this,” said ST Telemedia executive director Sio Tat Hiang.
“The Singapore flagship will complement the network connectivity and service offerings of our existing data centre assets, and drive greater operational and technical synergies, which will translate into a better value proposition for customers.
“Nearer to home, with the growing bilateral trade relations between Singapore and China, we see tremendous collaborative opportunities between our Singapore data centre strategy and GDS, our China data centre investment,” he added.
The Singapore flagship data centre will be carrier-neutral, offering customers a full suite of best-in-class and highly scalable data centre services including physical and virtual colocation, connectivity and infrastructure management which will also support the growth in the cloud services market.
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