Saturday, November 25, 2017

Telekom Malaysia opens $72m data centre with twin facility planned for 2018

National market is set to attract $1.2bn in data centre investments with overall square footage forecasted to grow from 500,000 sqf to more than five million.

Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has brought online its Johor data centre which represents a capital expenditure (CAPEX) of nearly $71.5m.

The TM ONE Iskandar Puteri Data Centre has a total floor capacity of 90,000 sqf, however, at a first stage, it will only offer 30,000 sqf of hosting space, with the remainder of the square footage to be used as customer demand grows.

The facility in the Nusajaya Technology Park was opened by the Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, otherwise known as the Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Johor.

As TM opened the Johor facility, the company’s deputy group chief executive officer Datuk Bazlan Osman also announced the company plans to open a twin data centre in less than 12 months.

He said: “We are currently building a twin core data centre in Cyberjaya. It is now about 65 per cent completed and we hope it would completed by June next year.”

The Malaysian data centre sector has experience in 2017 an economic boost with several multi-million Dollar investments carried out by both national and international players.

The government-owned Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) said earlier this year that the country had scored record revenues of RM1bn, more than $224m.

However the market does not produce revenues on the likes of neighbouring Singapore or Hong Kong, Malaysia is reporting a growing number of foreign investments which in the short terms are set to place almost $300m to build facilities.

MDEC’s director of digital enablement Wan Murdani Wan Mohamad has previously said that those investments are expected to reach $1.2bn “in a few years”.

According to the Malaysia Data Centre Association, Outsourcing Malaysia and the Malaysian Investment Development Authority, data centre space in Malaysia accounts today to 500,000 sqf. This is expected to scale to five million sqf by 2020.