AdaniConneX to develop 1GW of data centre capacity in India by 2031

23 February 2021 | Abigail Opiah


Adani Enterprises, the flagship company of the Adani Group and EdgeConneX has announced the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture.

The joint venture is set to develop and operate data centres throughout India, leveraging the two partners’ capabilities.

To address the growing need for reliable IT infrastructure, both organisations are committed to investing capital into the joint venture over the next decade to build out India's green data centre platform.

The Joint venture is set to develop 1GW of data centre capacity over the next decade.

Phillip Marangella, Chief Marketing Officer at EdgeConneX told Data Economy that the venture has been a long time in the making.

“Our intension to go to Asia has always been a top priority for us, and aside from India, there are a number of markets we are looking at,” added Marangella.

“We recognise that you need a very strong partner to be successful in many countries in the region, particularly in India. Adani is massive in their own right with significant experience building out large infrastructure projects.

“Not only do they have a lot of power assets, but they also have one of the largest renewable power assets, which ticked all the boxes for EdgeConneX.”

In addition to full scale data centres, AdaniConneX will also develop a portfolio of Edge data centres strategically located throughout India that will support the need for more proximate capacity.

These Edge sites are designed and planned to scale with demand and become full scale data centre campuses. 

The company said that this pan-Indian platform of hyperscale and hyperlocal data centres will largely be powered by renewable energy.

"In Adani, we have the ideal partner in India," said Randy Brouckman, CEO of EdgeConneX. "They possess the necessary capabilities and unique expertise in India required to build out critical digital infrastructure that can best support our customers across the entire country.

“We look forward to investing in the digital economy of India and meeting our customers' needs throughout the region in collaboration with Adani."

The partnership will leverage Adani's capability in full-stack energy management, renewable power and real estate development, as well as its experience in building and managing large infrastructure projects throughout India.

"One of the best manifestations of our Honorable Prime Minister's Digital India vision is the speed with which the entire Indian population has come online and the subsequent continued exponential growth in data consumption," said Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group.

"India currently has one of world's largest data subscriber population and to address the need for a reliable infrastructure to support Cloud, Content, Network, IoT, 5G, AI and enterprise requirements, data centres are a fundamental infrastructure need of a nation.

“The Adani Group brings to the table a unique combination of green power, real estate expertise, access to undersea cable landing stations, and several nodes across the country that will serve as edge locations. In addition to EdgeConneX's domain expertise and cutting-edge technology in the data centre business, we have been very impressed with the agility they bring to the joint venture."

The AdaniConneX joint venture will focus on building a network of hyperscale data centres in India, starting with the Chennai, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Vizag and Hyderabad markets. Development and construction at these sites have already begun.