NTT Ltd plans to grow its data center footprint by 20 percent in the next 18 months, according to an announcement today.

The number combines a number of unannounced expansions from the past year along with a promise that the company will add 300MW of capacity and reach 600,000 sq m (6.5m sq ft) of space in the next 18 months, within 20 countries and regions, and will expand approximately 30 connection points of GDCI (global data center interconnect) service

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NTT's Zurich 1 – NTT

NTT growth spurt

“The pandemic has dramatically changed our way of life. People’s quality of life now fundamentally depends on this infrastructure," said Masaaki Moribayashi, president and board director for NTT Ltd. "In the next 18 months, NTT plans to increase data center operations by 20 percent to a total of over 600,000 sq m of floorspace in over 20 countries and regions. In addition, NTT will globally expand approximately 30 connection points of GDCI service in our data centers to optimize the enterprise hybrid cloud environment over NTT’s data centers and network services. NTT has already started construction to add 300MW of IT load to its portfolio."

In North America, the company has opened three new campuses in Hillsboro, OR, Santa Clara, CA, and Chicago, IL, as well as expanding in Ashburn, VA.

There are five data centers at the 47-acre Hillsboro Oregon campus, with 126MW of planned IT load. NTT is opening its seventh US campus in Phoenix, Arizona early in 2022, with 36MW in a planned total of 240MW. NTT also has connectivity in the form of Subsea Connect, a trans-pacific network service between Hillsboro and Tokyo, on NTT’s Pacific Crossing (PC-1) subsea cable.

In EMEA NTT has opened new buildings in Amsterdam Munich and Frankfurt, as well as its new UK flagship London 1 facility which opened in December. NTT has also invested in duct and fiber to interconnect all its London data centers. In the next two years, NTT plans to increase its capacity in EMEA by over 40 percent in 13 new buildings in six countries - that's a further 115MW and 50,000 sq m. That includes NTT's first Madrid and Johannesburg data centers as well as more in Vienna, Zurich, and London.

In APAC: the Jakarta 3 in Indonesia will launch by the end of this year with 15MW. Recent openings include Cyberjaya 5 (6.8MW with another 6.8MW in the pipeline). In Japan, there's a new 21MW data center.

Mumbai 8 is going live soon in India, taking the Chandivali campus to 85MW, and NTT plans to open four hyperscale data center parks in India - two in Navi Mumbai and one each in Chennai and Delhi, adding another 133MW of IT load and 50,000 sq m of floorspace.

Alongside this, NTT is currently constructing MIST, a large-capacity submarine cable connecting Singapore, Malaysia, and India (Mumbai and Chennai).

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