Colt DCS Commits to APAC Growth with new Chennai Data Centre

With a commitment to India’s rapidly changing digital market, Colt DCS announces a new hyperscale data centre in Chennai to support technological growth

With the data centre industry booming across the Asia-Pacific region, Colt DCS announces plans for a new data centre in Chennai, India, as part of its expansion commitments.

As a leading global provider of hyperscale and enterprise data centre solutions, this will be the company’s second site in India. The new site will consist of a 10 acre plot in Chennai and will aim to deliver a hyperscale data centre in the fast-growing digital hub by 2027.

This comes very soon after Colt DCS first expanded into the Indian data centre market, as part of its efforts to contribute to the country’s fast-paced digital transformations.

Offering wider access to a new competitive region

According to CBRE, the Indian data centre industry is anticipated to reach US$4.5bn by 2025, with it also reported to be on track to reach 1.318GW by 2024, growing to 1.4GW by 2025. 

Chennai is India’s fifth largest city by GDP and population and has a large and quickly-growing digital market. The city also has a goal to become a US$1tn economy by 2030, with its high network speeds directly working to better connect India to the rest of the world.

Colt DCS’ expansion to the region aims to support the rapid digitalisation of industries in the area by providing increased IT power capacity, security and accessibility required for businesses looking to scale up their operations.

Richard Wellbrock, Chief Commercial Officer at Colt DCS, says: “India’s digitisation efforts are accelerating, driving continued economic development. We view the Indian data centre market as a significant opportunity for growth and remain dedicated to supporting its development. 

“The establishment of our new site in Chennai doubles our commitment to this market, enabling us to better facilitate the expansion of our customers into this thriving region.”

The new site builds on the company’s growth and will mark its 18th data centre globally. Its facilities work to provide infrastructure capacity for the rapid digitalisation of industry, mass cloud adoption and emerging technologies such as AI. The plan also builds on Colt DCS’ presence in India following the phase one completion and first customer in its Mumbai data centre. The new site is designed to deliver a minimum of 70 MW of IT capacity.

The importance of strategic data centre locations

The data centre market has continued to boom across India, with numerous businesses seeking to invest in its potential. It is expected that the nation’s data centre industry could reach US$4.5bn by 2025, growing to 1.4GW.

Colt DCS’ data centre developments are designed to help multinational organisations access a new and rapidly growing digital market. In line with other new data centre developments from the company, the large-scale site will give customers a huge amount of capacity to grow into.

The site is set to be completed in 2027, with COLT DCS working with local contractors and supply chains to reduce the environmental impact of the scope 3 emissions, in addition to stimulating the economy of the surrounding area.

“Chennai has always been a strategically important location for us for our expansion plans in India, due to the presence of multiple cable landing stations and large enterprise businesses,” Pratap Mane, Country Head of India at Colt DCS, comments. “We expect the demand for data centres to continue to grow exponentially with the increased digitisation, adoption of AI and cloud services in India. 

“The Tamil Nadu State Government on its part has been very proactive and is keen to develop Chennai as the number one destination for data centres in India. Colt DCS will deliver this project with global standards, sustainable design and with a high build quality for our hyperscale & large enterprise clients.”


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