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NTT announces entry into Paris data centre market with 84MW facility

Written by Mon 19 Feb 2024

NTT Ltd. is set to develop its first data centre campus in the Paris market. This marks a significant expansion in one of Europe’s key data centre regions for the IT infrastructure and services provider.

Located 50km south of Paris, the new campus spans 14.4 hectares – approximately 35.5 acres. It is poised to support a total of 84MW of critical IT load across three data centres.

The site will be based municipalities of Le Coudray-Montceaux and Corbeil-Essonnes. NTT said this location is close to key digital infrastructure and has power reserved for day-one deployment.

Doug Adams, CEO and President of NTT Global Data Centers & Submarine Cable, said: “Paris is a significant addition to our global offering and an important area in our expansion efforts.”

The development of the Paris campus is in collaboration with local municipalities, partners, and the French Government.

Logistics Capital Partners, which acquired the site in 2019, will continue to play a crucial role in the campus’s development. The real estate firm oversaw the demolition and decontamination of the site, secured permits, and facilitated power connections for data centre usage.

Florian Winkler, CEO EMEA and Global COO of NTT Global Data Centers, highlighted the strategic nature of the Paris addition, complementing NTT’s presence in other major European markets and signaling further growth.

“This investment complements our existing and growing presence in Frankfurt, London and Amsterdam, and will complete our footprint in the FLAP Tier 1 markets in Europe,” said Winkler.

This expansion is part of NTT’s broader global strategy to meet increasing data and computation demands, driven by technologies like Generative AI. It aligns with the company’s investment plans and commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2030, including sourcing 100% renewable energy.

NTT operates data centre sites across Europe, including in the UK, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Austria.

NTT Paris Campus to Meet Global Data Centre Demand

NTT said as the demand for data usage continues to increase with the wider use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies, the need for data centres is expected to grow globally.

The new campus forms part of the company’s global expansion efforts to meet these needs. NTT plans to invest over £7.9 billion ($10 billion) in data centre growth for fiscal years 2023 to 2027.

NTT also reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability, stating the company aims to achieve net-zero emissions and source 100% renewable energy for its operations by 2030. This aligns with NTT’s pledge within the European Green Deal, joining data centre operators and trade associations in striving for climate neutrality in data centres by 2030.

In 2020, NTT formed a new division incorporating the data centre companies that previously sat under NTT Communications. The established Global Data Centers division incorporated e-shelter, Gyron, Netmagic, NTT Indonesia Nexcenter, RagingWire and others. The Division is responsible for over 160 data centres across more than 20 countries and regions.

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Written by Mon 19 Feb 2024

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