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Data Centres France

Published: February 2017
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Growth of the data centre sector in France is forecast as moderate over the next three years, according to new research by BroadGroup, with cities outside Paris the focus of new growth plans.

In the new report, Data Centres France, forecasts are made for an increase in m2 capacity of around 20% over the next three years, with a higher demand expected for available power over the period.

Research for the report suggests that power remains a concern particularly in the Paris area. With a a reliance on nuclear power which has declined in generating capacity over the past two years, as well a potential diversion of power for an Olympic bid in an already restricted market, an increased need for imported energy will occur in the short term. However planned developments for renewable energy may if achieved meet the shortfall but by 2023.

France remains the third largest data centre market in Europe and despite power concerns in Paris, there are new levels of activity and growth occurring in other lower cost cities such as Marseille, Strasbourg and Lyon in particular. In the medium term there is a more positive outlook for the potential availability of renewable resources.”

Undoubtedly holding strengths in fibre and international connectivity, Marseille emerges as a new nexus for the distribution of content, as well as access to markets in Africa and the middle east with a lead being taken by Interxion in developing additional capacity in the city.

In analysing strengths and weaknesses in the market, the report suggests that France lacks a competitive strategy for attracting outside investment, and asks whether hyperscales, yet to decide on market entry, would ally with local operators or embark on their own development.

The report assesses data centre players, power, connectivity, drivers, pricing, and provides an outlook and forecasts for m2 and MW through to end 2019.