JLL: the colocation market in India is expected to double by 2023

India’s colocation market is expected to double its power supply over the next two years, from 499 MW in 2021 to 1,008 MW in 2023, suggests a study by real estate specialist JLL.

The main locations expected to benefit are Mumbai (expected to add 305 MW) and Chennai (71.6 MW), which attract data center customers with assured power, submarine cable access and large markets. end users.

According to JLL, the first half of the year saw 46.4 MW of colocation use in India’s largest data center markets, or 90% of the 51.8 MW of power capacity added over the course of the year. of the period.

To meet rapidly growing demand, colos across the country are expected to deliver more than a gigawatt of power by 2023, which will translate to more than five million square feet of real estate.

Some of the growth will be driven by individual states. The report notes that in Tamil Nadu, the local government is working on incentives for data centers; Uttar Pradesh has announced a data center policy with the goal of developing a 250 MW industry; Karnataka is in the process of drafting a data center policy; in West Bengal, the computer industry has asked the state government for power supply incentives.

Another interesting factor is 5G: India has yet to launch public 5G networks, with the spectrum auction being postponed until at least May 2022. The report predicts that when it does finally arrive, a band The much higher bandwidth offered by 5G “will lead to a large increase in data. usage and associated applications that would be based on data centers.

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