Singapore’s Data Center First eyes ‘digital bridge’ with Indonesian development

Singapore’s Data Center First eyes ‘digital bridge’ with Indonesian development

The Nongsa One site is expected to complete by end of 2023.

An artist's impression of the new facility.

An artist's impression of the new facility.

Credit: Data Center First

Singapore-based data centre operator Data Center First has officially launched its maiden data centre project in Indonesia, pushing ahead with its plans for a 30MW facility in Nongsa Digital Park, Batam.

Data Center First is a joint venture operating company underpinned by Hong Kong headquartered real estate private equity firm Gaw Capital Partners, representing the first platform investment made by the private equity firm to support its data centre investments in Asia, outside of China.

Upon announcing the establishment of the company earlier this year, it was flagged that the proposed Nongsa Digital Park facility would be its first project to get underway.  

Data Center First has a handful of other proposed sites across the region in the works, all of them still in the planning stages.

However, the company’s first data centre site to begin construction, Indonesia’s Nongsa One, is to be designed and constructed to Uptime Tier III standards and is expected to complete by end of 2023.

It is hoped that the US$40 million (S$53.9 million) Phase 1 investment in the Nongsa One DC campus from Data Center First will help to strengthen the broader connectivity and ‘digital bridge’ between Singapore and Nongsa.

It is claimed that Data Center First is the first international data centre operator to establish a presence in Batam, which lies to the south of Singapore and is part of the Riau Islands, a province of Indonesia.

The Nongsa One facility sits on 276,600 square feet of land located in the Special Economic Zone of the Nongsa Digital Park, Batam.  

Data Center First has to-date secured connectivity for its new site from three subsea cable providers, two international network service providers and two business internet service providers (ISPs) that, together, connect Singapore to Jakarta via Nongsa Digital Park at the Data Center First Nongsa One facility.

“We welcome the project launch of Nongsa One by Data Center First,” said Gan Kim Yong, Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry. “Nongsa One will bolster Nongsa's status as a growing hub for tech and IT services, as well as data centres.  

“Data Center First's investment highlights the potential of a nearshoring model for Singapore-based data centre operators to expand their capacity and capture the rapidly growing demand for data centre services in Southeast Asia.

“Singapore looks forward to continuing our close cooperation with Indonesia to support the development of the data centre industry in Nongsa,” he added.

According to Bapak Airlangga Hartarto, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, it is expected that the project could help to stimulate the local economy by producing a large multiplier effect, accelerating digital transformation in Indonesia.

"Nongsa One has arrived in Nongsa Digital Park and we are delighted to be the new crossroad for this bold vision of a digital future for Singapore and Indonesia,” said Ka Vin Wong, Data Center First CEO. “This is made possible by our growing customer community who are providing independent services at this new business crossroad.  

“We continue to receive expression of interest from telecom service providers, cloud infrastructure providers and e-commerce service providers. I am thrilled for the market to get to know us and be part of our growing community,” he added.

Indonesia is becoming a popular place for the construction of new data centre infrastructure or the purchase of existing sites, especially by Singapore-based players.

In August Singapore headquartered data centre infrastructure developer and operator Princeton Digital Group (PDG) said it planned to spend US$150 million (S$202.2 million) on a new data centre in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta.

In June Singapore headquartered data centre operator Digital Edge acquired a controlling stake in PT Indointernet Tbk – Indonet – one of the leading digital infrastructure service providers in Indonesia.

Indonet is a facilities-based carrier that owns substantial self-built fibre assets in the Jakarta metro area and provides a full suite of internet connectivity, local loop, cloud access and colocation services. 

Toward the beginning of the year, in February, Microsoft unveiled plans to launch a first data centre region in Indonesia, going head-to-head with Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a landmark move designed to deliver cloud services locally, aligned to in-country data security and privacy laws.

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