As in so many other regions, data centre openings are in the news in Latin America, most recently in Bolivia and Chile.
Tigo Business, a division of Millicom, has announced plans to open a data centre in Bolivia before the end of this month.
A $20 million, 1,600 square metre Tigo Business Data Centre will open in Santa Cruz on 28 April. Phase One of the development will have a capacity of 128 racks.
Regular readers will be aware that Millicom is in the process of selling its mobile communications operations in Tanzania and divesting its stake in the AirtelTigo joint venture in Ghana as part of plans to exit Africa and focus on Latin America. The company already has 12 data centres across a number of Latin American countries including Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay and Colombia.
Of course there are many other companies pursuing opportunities in the region. One of these, a Latin American ICT company called InterNexa, has recently announced the opening of its first new data centre in Chile. The 150 square metre facility is located in the Barrio El Golf area of the capital Santiago.
And InterNexa is itself likely to be the focus of a deal quite soon. In March InterNexa’s parent company, electricity utility Interconexion Electrica SA, announced plans to sell its telecommunications and information technology business in order to focus on its core businesses of power transmission and road concessions.
On the back of this decision, the sale of 100 percent of shares in InterNexa is expected to happen this year.