GDS Holdings, the largest carrier-neutral data center operator in China, announced the first step in the expansion of its portfolio to Southeast Asia with plans to develop a hyperscale data center campus in Johor, Malaysia.
The IT service management company said in a press release that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire greenfield land in the Nusajaya Tech Park in the outskirts of Johor Bahru, the capital of the Malaysian state of Johor, and adjacent to Singapore.
According to the initial design, the Nasdaq-listed company intends to develop the site into a data center campus comprising a total net floor area of approximately 22,500 sqm, with 54 MW of total IT power capacity. The first phase of the development, with an IT power capacity of 18 MW, is expected to be completed in early 2024.
William Huang, GDS Chairman, and CEO said: “Our home market Chinese customers see great potential for digital transformation in Malaysia and the South East Asia region. They are strongly supportive of our development strategy.”
“We are thrilled to welcome this investment from GDS and the data center expertise they bring to Johor,” said Dato’ Haji Hasni bin Mohammad, Chief Minister of Johor. “Their presence in the Nusajaya Tech Park is the perfect complement to our agenda to drive development in digital transformation and solidifying Johor's strategic location as a hub for regional growth.”
Malaysia’s Digital Investment Office (DIO), a collaborative effort between the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) which is entrusted to spearhead digital investment in Malaysia, welcomes the investment by GDS to support Malaysia’s aspiration towards a digital economy hub.