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Singapore’s ST Telemedia expands datacentre footprint

Additional colocation facilities will cement Singapore’s position as a regional datacentre hub

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) has opened three colocation facilities in Singapore, making it the latest communications service provider to invest in the country’s burgeoning datacentre space.

Located at Tai Seng in the eastern part of Singapore, the facilities come on the heels of STT GDC’s acquisition of 74% of the datacentre business of Indian communications giant Tata Communications in India and Singapore in 2016.

STT GDC currently operates two Singapore datacentres, STT Defu and STT MediaHub, both of which have met strong market demand, according to the carrier-neutral service provider. With the addition of Tai Seng facilities, STT GDC now operates five facilities that span over 540,000ft2 across the city state.

“Singapore is our home market and we are encouraged and excited to see very strong market demand,” said Bruno Lopez, CEO of STT GDC.

“With its interconnectivity and world-class infrastructure, Singapore is a key IT and innovation hub for Asia and the world. We anticipate continued need for datacentres driven by services such as cloud computing and digital media.

“Singapore is a major centre in our datacentre network connecting key global economic hubs. STT GDC remains committed to deepening our presence here as we continue on an accelerated global expansion path,” he added.

Since August 2014, STT GDC said it has rapidly expanded through organic growth and via acquisitions and strategic partnerships. The company has built a presence in key markets and currently manages a portfolio of 45 datacentres across Singapore, India, China and the UK.

Singapore’s booming datacentre industry

According to consulting firm BroadGroup, the datacentre market in Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia is poised to grow to $3.4bn by the end of 2017, with at least $1.2bn worth of new investments.

The Singapore government has been making a push to position Singapore as a regional datacentre hub for several years now. In 2011, it announced that it was developing a datacentre park in western Singapore to attract global companies, including banks and telcos, to set up their datacentre operations in Singapore.

Located in Jurong, the datacentre park is now fully operational, with Indonesian datacentre service provider Telin running a Tier-4 facility that can meet the stringent risks, safety and data security industry guidelines required by different industries.

Singapore, which has almost 60% of Southeast Asia’s datacentre capacity, is also pioneering a Green Data Centre Innovation Programme (GDCIP) to improve the energy efficiency of the Singapore datacentre industry.

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Under the GDCIP, Singapore will embark on a comprehensive review and assessment of emerging technologies which could significantly improve energy performance.

Its recommendations will guide the datacentre industry in charting itstechnology directions, such as using smart technologies to allocate computing resources in datacentres.

According to the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the 10 largest datacentre operators in Singapore account for energy consumption equivalent to 130,000 households across the country’s public housing estates.

It noted that an energy efficiency improvement of 20% in existing commercial datacentres in Singapore can potentially reap annual savings in excess of S$34m (US$24m).

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