Backed by sovereign wealth fund GIC, Singapore-based operator Polymer Connected is building a data center campus in Jakarta

Polymer Connected has bought land in West Jakarta (Jakarta Barat) for a wholesale data center campus which will combine Tier III and Tier IV data centers, aiming to supply the burgeoning demand for capacity in the growing cloud market of Indonesia.

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Rendering of Polymer Connected's planned Jakarta Barat campus – Polymer Connected

The announcement is Polymer Connected's first campus in Indonesia, and follows the opening of the company's Jakarta office last year, in the Indonesian Stock Exchange building. The campus will have 2.6MW of Tier III capacity and 26MW Tier IV capacity, according to Polymer's plans. It will be "green" according to the release, which says it will use Jakarta's natural gas network to produce electricity.

The capacity is all intended to be leased on a long-term basis to wholesale clients, such as cloud providers, who are expanding into Indonesia, the fourth most populous country on earth, and the biggest economy in South East Asia.

Giant public cloud providers such as Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud have all announced plans to open data centers in Indonesia. In Alibaba's case this is its second Indonesian data center, while Google is promising three zones in the country, and AWS plans to open in 2022. Polymer Connected has not discussed the likely tenants for its wholesale space, but these are very likely the kind of customer it is seeking.

"With a population of 575 million, 350 million Internet users and 390 million active mobile users, Southeast Asia’s digital economy is forecasted to triple to US$240bn by 2025," said Darren Hawkins, Polymer Connected's CEO. "Data centers represent the backbone of this movement, which is why Polymer Connected chose to build its hyperscale data network here.”