Colt launches data centre services in Mumbai

12 February 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Colt Data Centre Services (DCS), Fidelity-owned company has announced its entry into the new Indian market of Mumbai.

The company has reportedly acquired land in Mumbai with plans to build a 100MW IT hyperscale data centre facility in the area. 

“With half of the total population in India under the age of 25, the new generation of digitally savvy individuals is creating a huge data footprint in the region,” said Detlef Spang (pictured), CEO at Colt DCS. “As data consumption continues to rise at an exponential rate, more businesses and consumers are demanding a reliable data and network infrastructure to deliver fast connectivity and on-demand services. Colt DCS will play a key role in providing the data centre infrastructure to enable this through its investment in Mumbai.”

 The decision to expand into India is driven by significant customer demand it has received for data centre space, as cloud consumption in the country continues to thrive. Cloud revenue in India is predicted to grow at a rate of 25% compound annual growth rate between 2016-2021.

The 100MW facility will be part of a campus, which will allow the Colt DCS to build out further data centres from the same location. To support a rapid build out of the site, Colt DCS has already secured a substantial super high-voltage power supply of 150MVA utility feed to the site.

“We are tremendously excited to be part of the digital transformation journey in India,” added Spang. “The country is a hot spot of digital innovation, and there is a hugely unique opportunity for us to be the very first western data centre provider to enable the delivery of [cloud computing and services] across India, this is huge milestone for the organisation and a very exciting point in time for the expansion of our business.”

Colt DCS will be the first mainstream western data centre operator to enter the Indian market, which is predominately served by smaller and local data centre providers. Construction work is due to begin in 2019 with completion set for the second half of 2020.