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Interxion to build new data centres in Frankfurt and Marseille

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Interxion is to construct two new data centres in Frankfurt (FRA15) and Marseille (MRS3) in response to growing customer demand.

FRA15 will be built in four phases delivering a total of 9,600 sqm of equipped space and 19MW of power once fully built out. The first phase is due for completion in Q1 of 2020 delivering the first 2,300 sqm of space, costing the company roughly €175 million in capital expenditure.

“Interxion Frankfurt is the leading cloud and connectivity hub in Germany with over 20 cloud deployments from the leading global cloud platforms and 235 network service providers present,” said David Ruberg, Interxion’s chief executive officer.

Conversely, MRS3 will be built in three stages, delivering 7,100 sqm of equipped space and 17MW of power once completed. The first phase of MRS3, is scheduled to open in Q4 of 2019 offering 2,300 sqm of space at a cost of €140 million in capital expenditure.

“Similarly, Interxion Marseille already has over 130 network service providers present and is now established as a primary gateway for submarine cable connectivity between Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa with 13 cables currently active and additional cables due to become operational before the end of 2019,” added Ruberg. “Strong demand from global customers is driving our growth in each of Frankfurt and Marseille as they seek to benefit from the highly-developed communities of interest that we have created in these markets.”

The anticipated capital expenditures in the current year related to FRA15 and MRS3 are included in Interxion’s 2018 capital expenditure guidance that was published in September.

Back in August, Interxion’s Mike Hollands, director of marketing and business development, spoke exclusively to Capacity about these future sites, including some early stage trials the company is conducting in Rome.

The MRS3 site, situated in a World War II submarine building facility which was abandoned by Germans, Hollands said will be “taken up in large chunks by cloud and digital media platforms.”

The decision to continue building out Marseille as Hollands puts it is driven by “a huge amount of demand from our customers for the existing locations we’re in, it’s now following a trend in every city we’re in.”

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