ST Telemedia Global Data Centres India (STT GDC India), today announced that construction is underway for Phase 1 of a new greenfield data center facility, named STT Noida DC-1, in the city of Noida, part of the state of Uttar Pradesh, in India. STT GDC’s expansion in Noida represents part of its broader, multi-megawatt capacity expansion plan across India.

Notably, Temasek, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund, wholly-owns STT GDC’s parent company, ST Telemedia.

Noida Data Center – STT GDC India

Once fully built-out, STT GDC’s new facility in Noida will support up to 35 megawatts of critical IT load across 5+ acres of land. For the entire project, STT GDC plans to invest up to $150m (11.0bn Indian Rupees).

Development of the facility will occur in two phases. Initially, STT Noida DC-1 (Phase 1) will offer up to 18 megawatts of critical IT load and is expected to open by Q2 2022. Upon completion, STT Noida DC-1 will become one of the largest data centers in North India.

Overall, the facility will be carrier-neutral, with connectivity from a dense network, through three diverse fiber entry paths.

Location

The STT Noida DC-1 facility is located less than 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) from the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, which is a key highway connecting Noida with Greater Noida (a suburb).

Development

STT Noida DC-1 will be a purpose-built data center that is constructed with a modular design. In turn, this facility will ensure uptime, reliability, scalability, and flexibility for its customers.

In terms of power, the facility will have access to two high voltage substations. Additionally, Noida DC-1 will source more than 50% of this power from renewable energy sources.

Customers

STT GDC India intends to lease its data center in Noida to both enterprise and hyperscale customers.

Noida, India – Market Rationale

STT GDC’s decision to expand in Noida is driven by the continuing strong growth in India’s data center industry. One notable trend is the rapid rise in India’s internet penetration rate, which is resulting in a surge in data generation.

In particular, Noida is an emerging data center hub, which has the support of progressive policy from both Central and State governments. Additionally, India faces a growing need for local data storage as part of the government’s increasing focus on data localization.

EdgeConneX and Adani Enterprises

In February 2021, EdgeConneX and Adani Enterprises announced their plans to build-out a network of hyperscale data centers in India. Notably, Noida was one of the joint venture’s initial five markets where it has already begun constructing data centers.

Other notable expansions in India have recently come from Iron Mountain’s joint venture with Web Werks and Equinix’s acquisition of GPX India.

STT GDC India – Overview

STT GDC India is a majority-owned subsidiary of ST Telemedia Global Data Centres. The company operates the largest data center footprint in India

Overall, STT GDC India manages 19 facilities with 135+ megawatts of critical IT load in India, serving 1.0k+ customers. Specifically, these data centers span nine major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Noida.

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