Thai telco Interlink Telecom (Itel) has announced plans to invest in its data center joint venture with Etix Everywhere.

The company also recently launched an Edge facility in partnership with Australian firm Edge Centres.

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– Etix Everywhere

The Bangkok Post reports that Intel this week announced plans to invest $20 million in Etix Itel Bangkok Co., its joint venture with Etix Everywhere.

“We will expand our existing data center Etix Bangkok#1 in the third and fourth phases to serve demand in both local and international markets,” said Nuttanai Anuntarumporn, CEO of Interlink Telecom.

Etix acquired a majority stake in Genesis data center for around $10.8 million in early 2022. The company, which operates a data center in the Bang Chalong area of Bangkok, was launched in 2018 by Interlink, local IT firm Advanced Information Tech (AIT), and Thai industrial property development company WHA Corp. Interlink still owns around 33 percent of the facility.

In its own announcement, Etix Everywhere told DCD the site currently offers 1.2MW and said the upcoming third phase of build-out will see 1.5MW added by Q4 2024 with a reported investment of $11 million. The fourth phase will see a further $8 million invested to boost capacity by 1.3MW by 2025.

The facility will also features 830 kWp of solar panels installed on the roof.

“We are thrilled by the development of Etix Bangkok #1 and the strong work done by our team to make this DC one of the main peering points in Bangkok,” said Louis Blanchot, CEO of Etix Everywhere. “Thailand is one of the most dynamic market in Southeast Asia and is strategic for our future development in the region. The recent capital increase done with Eurazeo will help us alongside our major shareholder GDC to build a leading Edge platform in Southeast Asia and accelerate our carbon neutral strategy to empower our customer’s data with green edge DC."

“Connectivity is just one of the factors that affect customers' decisions when choosing colocation services,” added Itel's Anuntarumporn. “We guarantee our customers with the most reliable connectivity options, ensuring they can always access their servers with high bandwidth and optimal redundancy. Our data center facility is carrier-neutral, allowing customers to select from multiple service providers."

Last month also saw Itel launch an Edge facility in Chiang Mai in partnership with Australian firm Edge Centres.

Edge Centres announced plans for the facility, known as EC61, in August 2022, but didn't mention Itel. According to the Australian company’s website, the facility offers 150kW.

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– Interlink Telecom

“Itel and Edge Centers have true expertise in the data center business. It will support the development of digital technology in the Asia-Pacific region that can cover service users nationwide, the first in Thailand with experience ready to connect businesses with the latest computing resources that customers need to create true value, and it definitely has implications for today's fast-moving digital world,” Nattanai said.

Edge Centres has previously said it is planning further facilities in the country in Phuket and Khon Kaen.

“The regional areas of Asia are as underserved as the regional areas of Australia,” EC CEO Jonathan Eaves previously told DCD. “But there is no competitor; there is no DXN or Leading Edge in Asia, they [local data center developers] are very much focused on the hyperscale towns.”