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Data Center South East Asia

Published: January 2016
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Another round of substantial growth is afoot for data centers in the South East Asian region over the next 24 months, creating a market conservatively estimated at USD3.4 billion by the end of 2017.

The report assesses the key measurements of business activity and growth including –

  • The report covers a market with 131 operators and 236 facilities
  • Country market developments (trends, growth, pricing)
  • Power supply and projections
  • Data centre services and key player profiles
  • New development zones and government initiatives
  • Forecasts for space, power and revenues

Research for the new report, the fifth by consulting firm BroadGroup, finds clear signs of shift and change ahead that will alter the competitive landscape. Half of the total market now exists outside of Singapore with a forecast – based on countries covered in the report:  Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and newcomer Vietnam – that it will collectively exceed 1 million m2 for the first time by the end of this year.

There is complexity in the different tempo and evolution of each market. Singapore still remains an epicenter of cloud and data center activity with a market size exceeding that of the UK (Europe’s largest) and still adding more capacity, before the close of the year.

Aggressive growth plans in Indonesia (more than half the total population of the region) for space and power, and the readiness and early success of Iskandar across the border from Singapore, propose new alternative data center locations. To the north, Bangkok and nearby areas will see significant growth from its current low base and has the potential to expand into the economies of the Greater Mekong region. At least 8 new development zones across South East Asia were identified in the report typically supported by government initiatives.

Research for the report, suggests that at least USD1.2 billion of new investment is planned over the next 2 years, but this figure excludes any future enterprise investments.

However, the report warns that dependencies such as the fulfilment of current investment plans, and new initiatives to resolve power and connectivity challenges still remain critical to the success of forecast growth across the South East Asia region to the end of 2017.

Overall the report offers a detailed and comprehensive study of the data centre market, power availability and cost, pricing, and forecasts in South East Asia as it enters the next stage of growth.