Ascenty opens four new data centres in Brazil

19 July 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Digital Realty, Ascenty and Brookfield Infrastructure joint venture company has announced the launch four new fully-leased data centres in São Paulo, Brazil.

The new facilities, located in Jundiai, Hortolandia and Paulinia, add approximately 24MW of capacity and are all interconnected on the Ascenty fibre network.

"We are extremely pleased with the progress of our growth strategy, which has already made significant headway with the opening of these four new data centres," said Chris Torto, chief executive officer, Ascenty. "Including these new data centres and two additional sites expected to launch in the third quarter, Ascenty will own 17 data centres, further solidifying our position as the leading data centre operator in Latin America. We continue to see tremendous growth in the region, and we are now poised to accelerate our development plans."

The news follows a number of announcements from Digital Realty, Ascenty and Brookfield, made this year. Back in January, Digital Realty’s Brazilian subsidiary, Stellar Participações, completed its acquisition of Ascenty for $1.8 billion.

The strategic transaction, which was first announced in September 2018, was completed in December 2018 and establishes the global provider of data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions as the leading data centre provider in Latin America.

A few months after that and Digital Realty sold its 49% stake in Ascenty to Brookfield Infrastructure. The acquisition was agreed when Stellar Participações, agreed to buy Ascenty from private equity firm Great Hill Partners at that time Brookfield committed to fund half of the equity investment, estimated at around $613 million.

Then later that month, Digital Realty and Ascenty signed a long-term, multi-megawatt agreement with a global cloud provider to build a new data centre in Santiago, Chile.

Construction of the facility, which is scheduled to open in 2020, commenced immediately upon signing the agreement, and the new facility, which is expected to deliver up to 6.3MW of total IT capacity.