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EdgeConneX enters Indonesia, plans for data center campus

By Zach Thompson
Wed 4 May 2022

EdgeConnex has announced it is expanding its presence in Asia with the acquisition of GTN Data Center in Indonesia.

EdgeConneX notes that the acquisition of GTN marks its ninth market in Asia that is either established or under development as the company continues to rapidly build out its data center platform in the region.

Additionally, it represents the third significant country in Asia that EdgeConneX has entered as part of its global expansion strategy.

This comes after it announced plans to build a pan-Indian data center platform through the joint venture, AdaniConnex, and strategic investment in Chayora, a leading data center operator in China.

Located in Bekasi Cikarang, part of greater Jakarta, GTN has been operating a Tier 3 certified data center since 2016 and was created through a joint venture between Japan's Mitsui and local IT distributor and integrator PT Multipolar Technology, which is part of Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group.

GTN's carrier-neutral facility also supports over 50 customers in a nearly 7MW facility and is located in a secure area with reliable, scalable, and diverse power sources and a 100% SLA record.

Furthermore, EdgeConneX has acquired a plot of land directly adjacent to GTN, which the company intends to utilise by building a hyperscale data center campus potentially able to support over 90MWs of capacity.

"Our legacy is being able to successfully and quickly deliver data center infrastructure at the Edge," EdgeConneX APAC managing director Kelvin Fong says.

"As we continue to expand both our Edge and hyperscale data center platform globally, the planned hyperscale data center campus in Jakarta will give us capabilities to meet our customers' requirements for capacity in this vital and growing market in the APAC region."

Cloud adoption is causing significant growth in Jakarta, and Structure Research anticipates the data center market in the city will reach almost US$650 million by 2026, with hyperscaler demand accounting for two-thirds of it.

Structure Research says offering high quality and reliable hyperscale digital infrastructure is vital to supporting Indonesia's digital transformation and assists it in serving as a regional gateway.

"Entry into Indonesia gives EdgeConneX presence in three of the largest countries in the world outside the United States," Structure Research founder Philbert Shih says.

"This is a market with tremendous long-term upside. Indonesia has strong demographics, a rapidly rising homegrown technology sector, and is early in the adoption curve when it comes to outsourced infrastructure services like cloud and data centres.

"The acquisition of an operating business and land plot fits exactly with what EdgeConneX is doing around Hyperlocal and Hyperscale.

"It can cater to local enterprises and service providers while having the capacity and runway to serve hyperscale clouds.

"Indonesia, unlike many markets in the world, is home to all the major US and Chinese hyperscale clouds, and this will create incredible volumes of demand for hyperscale data centers," Shih adds.

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