EdgeConneX: Generating Data Centre Revenue Across APAC

EdgeConneX continues to expand in APAC to meet its rising customer demands for cloud and AI, whilst working on improving its sustainability initiatives

The Asia-Pacific (APAC) data centre market has continued to boom in recent months, with more businesses seeking to invest in and construct data centres across the region.

EdgeConneX is one of those companies keen to grow its regional presence. With its APAC headquarters in Singapore, the company seeks to continue deploying edge data centres across key markets and forming strategic partnerships with local industry leaders. 

As a result, it hopes to establish a more robust network designed to help it meet rising data demands through artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud-based technologies.

Expanding global hyperscale services

Since being founded in 2009, EdgeConneX provides a full range of data centre solutions worldwide, including hyperscale. The company completes purpose-built to build-to-order data centre services and works closely with customers to offer choice and flexibility in location, scale and type of facility. 

The company holds headquarters in Northern Virginia, Singapore and Amsterdam. Its services are used by a broad range of key industries, including cloud, networks, gaming, automotive, software as a service (SaaS), the Internet of Things (IoT) and high-performance computing (HPC).

In January 2024, an agreement was reached for EQT Infrastructure’s acquisition of EdgeConneX. The organisation aims to support EdgeConneX’s continued accelerated growth to build and operate high-powered and purpose-built data centres for hyperscale customers worldwide.

Since EQT Infrastructure first acquired the company in 2020, EdgeConneX has more than tripled its global capacity. The company now has more than 80 data centres built and in development, including edge data centres. It also boasts a growing number of regional and hyperscale solutions across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and South America - all designed to create a new ‘Edge of the Internet’.

In particular, the company unveiled plans in 2023 that it plans to build data centres in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Jalil in Greater Kuala Lumpur, and Cyberjaya in Malaysia. The proposed sites will total nearly 300MW of capacity and aim to make strategic use of Malaysia’s dense network connectivity and power availability.

EdgeConneX will also be building new facilities in Indonesia in the wake of its 2022 acquisition of PT Graha Teknologi Nusantara (GTN).

“Cloud technology and the increasing adoption of AI, are likely to lead to significant expansion into markets beyond the traditional APAC markets of Singapore and Hong Kong,” says Kelvin Fong, EdgeConneX’s Managing Director for the APAC region.

Innovating with sustainability in mind

One of the main concerns currently is making data centres sustainable and future-proof to meet rising energy demands.

To tackle this, EdgeConneX is working towards more sustainable data centre development. For instance, its data centre campus in Jakarta is specifically for sustainability-linked senior facilities, according to the company.

This means that the data centre will be equipped with sustainability capabilities that will be adjusted when EdgeConneX meets Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) concerning the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of data centres, the use of renewable electricity, and achieving safety goals.

Its ultimate goal is to become carbon, waste and water-neutral as a data centre provider by 2030. This involves developing and operating a data centre platform entirely powered by 100% renewable energy.

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