LG Uplus starts building $268m data centre

14 June 2021 | Antony Savvas

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Korean mobile operator LG Uplus is to build a $268 million hyperscale data centre in Anyang, Gyeonggi, south of Seoul.

The new 435,000 sq ft facility (picture render above) will be a 12-storey building and follows the building of the company's first large-scale facility located in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi.

The firm has already broken ground on the new site and the data centre is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2023. News of the expenditure first came out last month, but the location and other details weren't previously available.

The office unit will use geothermal energy for heating and cooling and the server rooms will use solar and fuel cell power.

LG Uplus CEO Hwang Hyeon-sik said earlier this year that the company would be focusing on new services aimed at corporate customers, and the extra data centre capacity being planned would certainly support that move.

With the edge connectivity market rapidly developing in response to enterprises wanting to process their data closer to where it is generated to get speedier results, telcos are looking at ways to increase their data management service capabilities.

Part of LG Corporation, LG Uplus' revenue from the data centre services business grew to around $204 million last year, said the company. It is the country's third biggest mobile operator.

This April, Nokia said it would be installing equipment from its AirScale portfolio across South Korea following an agreement with LG Uplus.

Billed as the "first deployment of its kind" in South Korea, the project will see Nokia install its small cell AirScale Indoor (ASiR) systems in a range of indoor locations, including shopping malls and office buildings - in a move to bolster LG Uplus' 5G coverage.