BENGALURU — Colt Data Centre Services (DCS), a Fidelity owned company, announced they are planning to build a 100MW IT hyper-scale data centre facility in Mumbai. The company has successfully acquired land to fulfill its strategic decision to expand into India. However, Colt did not specify the amount it is investing in the Mumbai facility.

The growing demand for digital services has attracted international cloud service providers such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services to enter or expand their existing data storage footprint in the region. Mumbai has been identified as the ideal location for Colt DCS’ entry in India since the city already has 35 data centres, according to an October report by CBRE, a South Asia, a real estate consulting firm.

“With half of the total population in India under the age of 25, the new generation of digitally savvy individuals is creating a huge data footprint in the region. As data consumption continues to rise at an exponential rate, more businesses and consumers are demanding a reliable data and network infrastructure to deliver fast connectivity and on-demand services,” said Detlef Spang, CEO, Colt DCS.

The 100MW facility will be part of a campus-style development which will allow the company to build out further data centres within the same location. To facilitate a rapid delivery of the site, it has already secured a substantial super high-voltage power supply of 150MVA utility feed.

The demand for data centres in India is expected to increase spurred by policy decisions by the Indian government. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in April asked payment companies to store all data within India to ensure access for supervisory and monitoring purposes while the new draft policy on data protection mandates critical personal data to be stored in India only.

Construction work is expected to commence in 2019 for completion in the second half of 2020.

“We are tremendously excited to be part of the digital transformation journey in India. There is a hugely unique opportunity for us to be the very first western data centre provider to enable the delivery of [cloud computing and services] across India," Spang added.

Colt data centres are present in 13 locations in Europe and five in Asia with Mumbai being the sixth.

— Sufia Tippu is a freelance tech journalist based in India contributing to EE Times India