BDx: Advancing data centres in Indonesia with Indosat

This expanded partnership between Indosat and BDx helps cement their shared vision of establishing Indonesia’s premier data centre operation
This expanded partnership between Indosat and BDx helps cement their shared vision of establishing Indonesia’s premier data centre operation
BDx Indonesia acquires key colocation sites across Indonesia, aiming to enhance data centre growth and continue expanding the nation’s digital economy

To further advance the digital landscape in Indonesia, BDx Indonesia, a joint venture of Indosat, BDx Data Centers (BDx), and Lintasarta, has agreed to acquire a portfolio of carrier-neutral colocation and edge sites in Indonesia.

In key cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Batam, Medan, Makassar, Bandung, and Semarang, these strategic sites are connected to six domestic and five international subsea cables.

This will further add to BDx Indonesia’s continued ecosystem and work to accelerate hybrid digital transformations and significantly enhance the digital experience of enterprises, technology companies and internet users.

Expanding digital infrastructure in Indonesia

Last year, research suggested that the Indonesian data centre market was expected to reach more than US$2bn in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 14.09%, reaching shy of US$4bn by 2028. With this in mind, the Indonesian government announced plans to ease data centre regulations to achieve further growth and attract further investment.

In Indonesia, data centre companies see this expansion as advantageous due to the country’s growing digital economy, coupled with the rapid growth of start-up companies boosting hyperscale data centres.

This expanded partnership between Indosat and BDx helps cement their shared vision of establishing Indonesia’s premier data centre operation and support the government’s digital roadmap and digital infrastructure objectives. It will continue to enable interconnection between enterprises and several cloud providers, content delivery networks and digital finance companies.

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BDx Indonesia has already significantly expanded and upgraded the four data centres in Jakarta and West Java that were transferred in 2022. The current portfolio will be expanded and upgraded as per global BDx operating standards presenting enterprises, cloud providers, and content delivery networks with a significant opportunity to deploy their critical workloads closer to the network edge.

In particular, one site is ready for high-density AI workloads powered by green hydropower and equipped with sustainable liquid cooling technology. 

AI in particular continues to represent a new era of disruption for the data centre industry. A 2023 survey found that more than three in five (61%) IT decision-makers anticipate a rise in their organisation’s investment to address future technological challenges between now and 2030.

Most notably, it has been found that integrating AI and data analytics will be one of the largest infrastructure challenges that businesses will face over the next decade.

“This transaction underscores our dedication to building a sustainable business and propelling Indosat’s evolution from Telco to TechCo,” says Vikram Sinha, President Director and Chief Executive Officer of Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison. “Collaborating with BDx Indonesia not only enhances our customer service but also reinforces our commitment to connecting and empowering every Indonesian. Crucially, aligning our strategic goals will enable Indosat and BDx Indonesia to elevate the nation’s technological landscape.”

Data centres as a “catalyst” for the digital economy

Post-transaction, BDx Indonesia will have a total IT capacity of 150MW+ in Indonesia across ten operating carrier-neutral colocation facilities in all major cities. It will also have a new 15MW facility that is being built near Jakarta with an estimated RFS by Q4 2024 and a 100MW hyperscale campus at Suryacipta, East Jakarta.

All BDx Indonesia data centres will offer IX facilities and private network interconnects with cloud onramps from various partners. It is also making investments into expanding the digital infrastructure in Indonesia in response to customer needs, particularly catering to their hybrid workloads across major cities.

By bolstering local digital infrastructure, BDx Indonesia aims to create meaningful employment, offer education to local communities and drive the digital economy - especially in rural areas where digitisation will foster financial inclusion and wealth creation.

Mayank Srivastava, CEO of BDx, says: “This acquisition is a testament to BDx Indonesia’s commitment to the country’s digital future. It is also an endorsement of the technical and operational capabilities of BDx that provided the confidence to our partner to sell their entire portfolio of data centre and edge sites to us. 

“We are the foremost carrier-neutral data centre provider in the country and, with the expanded portfolio, are set to emerge as Indonesia’s preferred partner for digitalisation.”

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