Portugal Telecom inaugurates Covilha data center to boost cloud offerings

Portugal Telecom on Monday announces the inauguration of its data center in Covilha.

The new data center occupies area of 75,500 sqm, and has capacity of up to 12,000 sqm of white space. T

Portugal Telecom says the first block, which is being inaugurated today, has six rooms with 520 sqm and a PUE (power usage effectiveness) of 1.25. PT has requested LEED certification – Platinum for the support services building and Gold for the Data Centre block.

The data center’s environmental framework allows the use of free cooling during 99 percent of the year.

The investment will create 1,400 direct and indirect jobs and represents a Euro 90 million investment, including the first and second phases.


With today’s inauguration, PT’s data center network capacity, comprised of eight data centres, will increase from 14,000 to 26,000 sqm of white space, from 6,000 to 56,000 servers, and from 3 to 33 Pbytes of storage.

The new data center will allow PT to expand its global positioning in the cloud and data centre services market, leveraging the group’s international footprint in four continents and its ecosystem of leading edge partners to also capture business in other geographies.

PT FTTH (fibre to the home) access network covers 1.6 million households. Its 4G-LTE network covers more than 90 percent of the Portuguese population, and fibre mobile backhauling reaches 92 percent of base stations. MEO, PT’s pay-TV offer, has a market share of 40.4 percent in the pay-TV market.

PT transformed its business model to increase the relevance of value-added services as well as the predictability of the business. Over 50 percent of PT’s revenues in Portugal are now non-voice and the company is driving major transformation in the B2C and B2B segments of the market, from pay-TV and convergence to virtualisation and outsourcing.

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