ePLDT to build 12th data center amid rising demand in PH

The new data center will have a power capacity of at least 100 megawatts.

The ePLDT announced new plans to build its 12th data center facility. The announcement was made by ePLDT President and CEO Victor S. Genuino during his keynote speech at the W. Media Philippines Cloud and Datacenter Convention 2023.

Genuino said the new data center will have a power capacity of at least 100 megawatts and will strengthen ePLDT’s 65% market share in data center capacity in the Philippines. The project is part of ePLDT’s vision to help the country become the next hyperscaler hub of Asia and to support the digital transformation of various sectors locally.

“We want to be able to help the Philippines be the next hyperscaler hub of Asia while continuing to support the digital transformation journey of different sectors locally. That’s why we’ve been investing heavily in our ecosystem to ensure that our data centers will be a crucial enabler of the country’s digital economy,” Genuino said.

He also shared an update on ePLDT’s 11th and largest data center, VITRO Sta. Rosa, which is expected to be completed in early 2024. ePLDT has already received several colocation requests from industry leaders, including hyperscalers, content delivery networks, banks, business process outsourcing companies, carriers, and the government.

VITRO Sta. Rosa will be the country’s largest and most advanced data center with a total power capacity of 50 megawatts. It will be designed to be Rated-3 Certified and Rated-4 Ready, meaning it can host the most critical and power-intensive IT infrastructure of hyperscalers and enterprises.

With VITRO Sta. Rosa and the 12th data center facility in the pipeline, ePLDT’s power capacity will increase to around 200 megawatts once both sites are operational. PLDT President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio said at a separate press briefing that the group’s vision for data center expansion is driven by demand from enterprise customers and hyperscalers.

The Philippines is poised for a 13% compounded annual growth rate in data center operational space between 2020-2025, according to a market report by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The report attributed this growth to the recent expansion of hyperscalers and significant interests of global enterprises in the country. This has put the country on a competitive footing with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

ePLDT is committed to helping the country strengthen its position as a data center hub for Asia-Pacific. It currently offers a total rack capacity of nearly 10,000 and owns a network of 10 globally certified VITRO data center facilities strategically located across the country.

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