China Telecom has announced the expansion of its data center footprint in Hong Kong, as well as the addition of three new point-of-presence (PoP) sites in North America.
The company has increased capacity at the Shatin data center, opened in April 2017, by building an additional floor on the existing facility. It will further expand its presence in the Hong Kong data center market by taking on responsibility for building, operating and managing two colocation facilities at the Global Switch Tseung Kwan O data center campus.
China Telecom added another floor to the Shatin data center to increase server capacity and meet local customer demands. It will add even more capacity with the buildout and operation of two facilities at the Tseung Kwan O data center campus.
The Tseung Kwan O data center is a complex of five data center facilities, owned by Global Switch. China Telecom has agreed to take over two of the five buildings currently under construction and will build and operate these facilities, which are expected to come online in the fourth quarter of this year.
The Tseung Kwan O data center will have a total area of 45,000 square meters when completed and provide a power capacity of up to 70 megavolt amps (MVA). It promises to be a Tier III certified facility, cloud and carrier-neutral, with direct links to the Hong Kong financial hub including the HK Stock Exchange. The facilities are engaged in striving for LEED Gold and BEAM PLUS Gold ratings, for energy efficiency.
The Tseung Kwan O data center also offers connectivity to three submarine cables. The Asia-Pacific Gateway, Asia Submarine Cable Express and the East Asia Crossing lines will all terminate in the Tseung Kwan O cable station, located adjacent to the data center campus.
The expansion of China Telecom’s data center footprint in Hong Kong follows the cooperation agreement signed in April between China Telecom, Global Switch, and Daily-Tech. The cooperation agreement, among other things, allows China Telecom to access Global Switch’s data centers located outside of mainland China.
China Telecom also announced that it would add three new point-of-presence locations in North America, in Hillsboro, Oregon, Aurora, Illinois, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The addition of three new North American POPs is intended to strengthen the company’s network in North America, and to reduce latency, and speed content delivery and data transmission for customers in North America.