NTT Global Data Centres and Cloud Infrastructure has announced the opening of its first data center facility in Kolkata with a possible investment of Rs 2,000 crore over several phases.
The company has acquired a 7.5-acre parcel of land at Silicon Valley Hub in New Town, Kolkata, and intends to develop three buildings totaling 6 lakh square feet when completed. The total project is anticipated to have an IT load of 25MW, with the first phase’s capacity being 9MW for facility load and 6MW for IT load.
According to Shekhar Sharma, CEO NTT Global Data Centres & Cloud Infrastructure India Private Limited, the first building should be operational within the following 12 to 15 months. They intend to enter the market first, and the following phases will depend on how much traction they gain.
“India at this point is a very important market for NTT and the growth here is unlike any other markets. In the next five years we see a lot of growth and investment opportunities in the country,” said Sharma.
With 12 sites in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi NCR, and Chennai with a total operating load capacity of 230MW, NTT is a significant provider of data center services in the country.
Over the next two years, the company intends to add 280MW of operational load over 2.5 million square feet at several data center campuses around the country.
NTT had stated in 2020 that it intended to invest $2 billion over five years to expand its data center capacity in the country.
Data center infrastructure requires both energy and connectivity, and Debashis Sen, managing director of Hidco, who was present at the NTT inaugural event, stated that the state already has access to enough reliable power, and that the transmission and distribution infrastructure will be further improved over the coming years.
Additionally, the state has contracted with telecom carriers to provide optical fiber connectivity for the benefit of those companies that had purchased land in the Silicon Valley Hub. This will allow the companies to begin operating more immediately.