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Poland sustained as competitive outsourcing location looks to secure data centre growth

Third party data centres in Poland now approach almost 80k m2 in total capacity which compares favourably with elsewhere and already exceeds the capacity in Finland.

Poland is rich in dark fibre, having been the beneficiary of tremendous EU investment over the past five years, and a ramp up in data centre space and connectivity. Although progress has been to an extent exceptional especially in the Katowice-Krakow corridor in the south of the country, and Warsaw-Frankfurt is one of the largest traffic routes, data centre development remains hampered by several principal challenges.

Most emanate from the government itself, in that as operators interviewed for the new BroadGroup report, Data Centres Poland stated, there is a lack of initiatives to promote data centres, both internally and internationally. Despite its size, the market is actually very fragmented with low adoption levels of cloud outsourcing by local enterprises.

Another critical factor is a concentration on outdated energy sources and an inadequate delivery network. With little medium term prospect for renewable energy, Poland’s otherwise competitive positioning will be impacted.

Yet new and important demand factors are present in the market, and there is a healthy level of investment in IT estate by overseas enterprises present in Poland.

The report covers 26 data centre operators in Poland, with Polcom, ATM S.A. and Beyond.pl among the largest players.

The BroadGroup report suggests that growth will be sustained, nevertheless expansion will be constrained will to an extent by the factors indicated.

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