New 20MW data centre breaks ground

New 20MW data centre breaks ground

GSA management led by Ratthaphol Cheunsomchit, centre, join the groundbreaking ceremony for the new 20MW data centre in Bang Phli, Samut Prakan province.
GSA management led by Ratthaphol Cheunsomchit, centre, join the groundbreaking ceremony for the new 20MW data centre in Bang Phli, Samut Prakan province.

Gulf Energy Development, Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and Advanced Info Service (AIS) have started construction of a new data centre with a capacity of more than 20 megawatts.

The data centre will be operated by GSA Data Center Co, a joint venture between the three companies.

The facility is designed to be a best-in-class hyperconnected data centre with state-of-the-art technologies, a high level of security systems, efficient energy management, and the incorporation of renewable energy to reduce its carbon footprint.

The data centre is intended to serve greater demand for enterprises and cloud service providers domestically and overseas, in line with the rapid growth of digital infrastructure in the region.

The facility is scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2025.

GSA is a joint venture between Gulf Infrastructure Co (the subsidiary of Gulf Energy Development), ST Dynamo TH PTE (the subsidiary of Singtel), and AIS DC Venture Co (the subsidiary of AIS), holding 40%, 35% and 25%, respectively.

The collaboration increases the value of the data centre company by capitalising on the strengths of each partner.

Gulf is well-established in the energy and infrastructure business with a portfolio of green energy projects in domestic and international markets and an extensive business network.

Singtel has substantial technological expertise in the development and operation of hyperscale data centres and a diversified global customer base that includes hyperscalers.

AIS has local expertise in domestic networks, developing and operating multiple locations of data centre facilities in Thailand, as well as experience in serving a significant number of enterprise customers.

Ravi Kurmarohita, chief executive of GSA Data Center Co, said the data centre is located in a strategic location near Bangkok. It has integrated cutting-edge technology and renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance efficiency in energy management to support sustainable operations.

With increasing demand from enterprises, particularly cloud service providers, the company therefore sees strong growth potential for the data centre business in a move towards digital transformation, said Mr Kurmarohita.

The GSA data centre is designed to be in compliance with world-class standards in order to obtain certifications such as TIA-942 Certification Rated-3, LEED Gold, Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVRA), and ISO 27001.

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