Mumbai tops supply increase in data centre: New research says

Mumbai has the biggest supply growth in data centre capacity in the Asia-Pacific region, adding 200 megawatts (MW) in the third quarter of this year, as data demand increases in the country via OTT, IoT devices, and social media. According to International Property Consultants Knight Frank, total IT capacity in Mumbai increased from 812 MW in Q2 to 1,006 MW in Q3.

“Mumbai is among the top established data centre hubs in the APAC region. As digital transformation accelerates amid the 4th industrial revolution, demand for digital infrastructure such as data centres is certain to grow,” said Shishir Baijal, Chairman and Managing Director at Knight Frank India.

Mumbai’s “collocation” supply has increased significantly in the first three quarters of this year, and the city’s total IT capacity will cross the gigawatt mark (along with Shanghai and Tokyo in Asia Pacific) for the first time in Q3 2021, according to the report, which was published in collaboration with data centre research and analytics platform, DC Byte.

According to the research, quarterly IT power take-up in Mumbai climbed from 2.78 MW in Q2 2021 to 6.42 MW in Q3, the biggest quarterly take-up on record.

In the seven cities of Mumbai, NCR, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata, the Indian data centre market now houses an estimated 445 MW of essential IT capacity.

The Indian data centre market currently houses an estimated 445 MW of critical IT capacity in the seven cities of Mumbai, NCR, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.

“India being one of the most populated countries in the world, rising mobile penetration is leading to massive increase in data consumption along with large and growing base of global users for digital mediums such as social media applications, IoT devices and OTT, as well as gaming platforms,” the report noted.

The digital economy in India is estimated to grow to a staggering $1 trillion by 2025.

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