Data centres in India: major plans from Adani and EdgeConneX

Data centres in India: major plans from Adani and EdgeConneX

It’s only been a matter of days since we announced Indian plans to classify data centres as infrastructure that could speed up the data centre development process. Now the giant Adani Group is announcing a major initiative in the data centre sector.

Adani Group, whose many interests include port management, electric power generation and transmission, renewable energy, mining, airport operations, natural gas, food processing and infrastructure, has incorporated a new subsidiary to set up a data centre in Mumbai, one of a number of cities the group is targeting for data centre development.

More precisely, AdaniConneX Private Limited, a joint venture of the company with data centre operator EdgeConneX Europe BV, has incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary it calls Mumbai Data Centre Limited (MDCL).

The new subsidiary is to set up a data centre in Mumbai, one of a number of cities that the group has targeted for its data centres.

This news is not entirely unexpected. This time last year Adani Enterprises Ltd partnered EdgeConneX in the AdaniConneX joint venture with plans to develop one gigawatt of data centre capacity over the next decade. The focus is on building a network of hyperscale data centres in India, starting with Chennai, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad.

The plan is also to encourage green data storage, with sites run entirely on clean power, in sync with India's goal of turning carbon net-zero by 2070.

Growing demand, encouragement of data localisation and, of course, the changing investment climate mean that Adani is not likely to be the only big name putting a lot of money into Indian data centres in the near future.


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