Industrial real estate company AyalaLand Logistics Holdings Corp (ALLHC) and FLOW Digital Infrastructure, which invests and operates in the key physical assets of the digital infrastructure ecosystem, have entered into a framework agreement for carrier-neutral data centre development in the Philippines.
The initial roll-out based on the agreement will target the delivery of a 4.5MW-capacity facility ready for service by 4Q 2023. FLOW’s modular product deployment approach, combined with a strong focus on connectivity and sustainability, will, it says, help maximize design flexibility and accelerate time to market.
The joint venture is pursuant to FLOW’s ongoing Asia-Pacific expansion, leveraging the team’s design, development and operation expertise in next-generation data centres.
ALLHC is the leading industrial real estate company in the Philippines, present in six growth areas nationwide. Its core businesses are industrial parks, warehouses, cold storage facilities and commercial leasing.
FLOW’s investment areas including cloud, hyperscale and enterprise data centres, as well as network and fibre assets, across the Asia-Pacific region. it was launched in 2021 by PAG, a leading alternative investment firm focused on the Asia Pacific with US$50 billion in assets under management, including USD2 billion in data centre assets.
Is this part of a trend? Well, the partners in the deal point out that the Philippines is rapidly emerging as one of the preferred locations in the APAC region to host data centres due to its strategic location as a gateway from the Pacific to Asia, superior connectivity and rich natural resources for renewable energy.
They add that the Philippines data centre market is expected to experience double-digit annual growth, driven by a significant increase in data consumption, digitisation, 5G connectivity and data localisation trends.