Macquarie Capital has acquired a significant minority stake in a new data center unit formed by Chilean telco GTD.

BNAmericas & LatinFinance report GTD has accepted a non-binding offer from investment firm Macquarie Capital for the acquisition of 49 percent of a new subsidiary covering the telco’s data centers in Chile, Peru, and Colombia.

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The size of the deal wasn’t shared, but reportedly includes land flagged for future data centers.

Founded in 1980, GTD currently operates six data centers across Chile, Colombia, and Peru; three in Santiago and one in Peurto Monnt, and one each in Medellin and Lima.

The company also plans to build facilities in Peru’s Lurín and Colombia’s Barranquilla as part of a five-year, $600 million investment plan.

“The sites [for the new data centers] have already been purchased and we expect to be able to start construction in [2023], but obviously it will depend on bidding and delivery times. I would love to be operating in 2024,” GTD president Fernando Gana previously told Bnamericas.

The company announced plans for a second Peruvian facility in early 2022; it plans to invest $50 million to develop a data center on a 10,000 sqm (107,600 sq ft) site, with 2,000 sqm (21,500 sq ft) dedicated to hosting more than 900 racks. GTD’s existing Peru facility opened in 2018 and features 220 sqm (2,400 sq ft) of hosting space. The new facility will reportedly be the company’s second-largest, after one located in Santiago, Chile.

Macquarie’s data center investments include AirTrunk, Virtus, NTT, and Aligned, which recently acquired Brazil’s Odata.

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