Philippines telecoms giant PLDT has announced plans to build its largest and most powerful data centre. The aim, according to local news reports, is to attract global technology giants and cloud service providers to the Philippines.
The PLDT Group already operates the largest network of data centres in the country with its VITRO data centre facilities in different strategic locations.
PLDT said during the announcement earlier this week that the data centre – described as the first hyperscaler data centre facility in the country – would have more capacity in one facility than all of its ten VITRO data centres combined. The Data Centre Dynamics website points out that the existing portfolio of PLDT data centres roughly accounts for 72MW of capacity. The actual location and size of the new facility were not disclosed.
PLDT said the new data centre will be telco neutral and will use green technology to make operations more sustainable. It added that the facility will be Tier-3 certified and Tier-4 ready once it starts operations, although it is not yet clear when that will be.
This is a significant announcement, not least because, as we reported just over a month ago, it has been strongly rumoured that PLDT is considering selling its existing data centres, with a potential value estimated to be in the region of half a billion dollars.
However, in its announcement the company also said that it is planning to improve its existing data centres, adding more power capacity per rack and enhancing the reliability and energy efficiency of the facilities. It said it is also looking for ways to deliver renewable energy to the centres to help them towards carbon-neutral operations.