NTT Com picks up 74% stake in data center provider Digital Port Asia

Telecom Lead India: NTT Com has picked up 74 percent equity stake in Thailand data center provider Digital Port Asia.

NTT Com did not reveal the financial details.

The global expansion of data centers is part of NTT Com’s Global Cloud Vision strategy. The plan is to strengthen its data center services in over 140 countries under the Nexcenter brand.

In April 2013, NTT Com said it would start commercial operations at its fourth data center in Malaysia from May 2014. NTT Com on Thursday said it will start construction on the new Cyberjaya 4 Data Center this month. The fourth data center in Malaysia will meet the expanding needs of the Southeast Asian market.

NTT, in January 2012, acquired 74 percent equity stake in Netmagic Solutions, a provider of datacenter services in India. The acquisition was aimed at expanding NTT Com’s capability to provide one-stop ICT solutions in Indian market, as well as accelerate its offering of globally seamless cloud services through expanded ICT infrastructure Asia-wide.

In July 2010, NTT bought the South African IT firm Dimension Data in $3.24 billion deal. The move – the biggest purchase yet in sub-Saharan Africa by a Japanese company – gave NTT exposure to fast-growing Africa.

Thailand’s Digital Port is set to open a large data center in Amata Industrial Park in a suburb of Bangkok, where many multinational companies are based, in June 2014.

Motoo Tanaka, senior vice president of Cloud Services at NTT Com, said, “BCP strengthening is a key focus of our cloud-service expansion plan in Thailand. Digital Port’s new data center will be a highly reliable facility on its own, and by combining it with existing data centers in the country, we expect to achieve even greater reliability for enhanced BCP solutions.”

The 9,600 square-meter facility will accommodate about 1,400 racks. As a dedicated data center it will ensure high quality and its flood-free location will contribute to robust reliability.

Many Japanese and other multinational companies are expanding their operations in Thailand. Data center services are in high demand among companies looking to optimize their ICT environments and strengthen business continuity planning (BCP) following the destructive floods of 2011.

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