Citing the increasing demand from hyperscalers (or large cloud service providers), driven by the rapid progress of digital transformation, the PLDT Group intends to construct its 12th data center facility through its ICT subsidiary, ePLDT.
According to ePLDT, this plan will increase the Group’s market share in the data center industry by 65%.
“We want to help the Philippines be the next hyperscaler hub of Asia while continuing to support the digital transformation journey of different sectors locally,” said Victor Genuino, president and CEO, ePLDT, during the W. Media Philippines Cloud and Datacenter Convention 2023. “That is why we have been investing heavily in our ecosystem to ensure that our data centers will be a crucial enabler of the country’s digital economy.”
Once the VITRO Sta. Rosa data center, part of PLDT’s infrastructure, is completed by early 2024, the total power capacity of the Group will reach approximately 200MW when both sites are activated. The 12th data center will contribute no less than 100MW to this capacity.
“Historically, data centers have played a silent yet fundamental role in the digital agenda, most especially in the Philippines,” Genuino said. “But things are changing now. Governments and enterprises are now seeing the integral role that this industry takes on to secure our digital future.”
ePLDT mentioned that it has already received colocation requests from industry leaders across various sectors, including hyperscalers, content delivery networks, banks, business process outsourcing companies, carriers, and the government.