NTT Communications Locates its First Greenfield Data Centre in Singapore

Last Updated: 04 July 2011
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Akira Arima, President and CEO, NTT Communications, speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the company's Singapore Serangoon Data Center

The Singapore Serangoon Data Center will provide first-rate services, facilities and information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

To enhance its leading presence in Asia Pacific and address growing demand for sophisticated communications services in the region, NTT Communications (NTT Com), one of the world's largest telecommunications companies based in Japan, has chosen to set up a new, dedicated premium data centre in Singapore. The facility’s groundbreaking ceremony was held on 12 November 2010, and it is expected to become fully-operational in the first quarter of 2012. NTT Com has already established a solid reputation for providing technologically advanced network management, security and solution services and currently operates data centres in 31 cities outside Japan.

Noting the steady growth of NTT Com’s businesses and operations in Singapore, Akira Arima, President and CEO, NTT Com, said, "With the increase in demand for ICT solution services from our customers in this region, we have decided to build a new data centre as a core to further expand our services in the region. Thanks to the great support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and JTC Corporation (JTC), we are building our own data centre for the first time in Singapore."

Strategic facility placement has always been a critical consideration in NTT Com’s decisions on where to site its data centres. Besides its advantageous location in the midst of a rapidly growing Asia, Singapore, the company noted, is the top choice with a reliable power infrastructure, stable political environment and very low risk of natural disasters.

Expanding in Asia through Singapore

The new setup, known as the Singapore Serangoon Data Center, reflects the country’s robust international economy. It will offer first-rate services and facilities to domestic and multinational companies. It will also provide a wide range of innovative, yet affordable, ICT solutions and high-quality network services.

With 5,000 square metres of server room, the centre is expected to support the business of a wide range of companies, including multinational corporations, financial institutions, IT-related and media companies and manufacturing companies. In particular, the new facility will fully meet the special needs of multinational IT and financial companies that are operating high-spec, always-on communication infrastructure.

From the centre’s strategic location in Singapore, NTT Com aims to significantly upgrade its world-class ICT solutions and quality of service for enterprise customers, especially multinational corporations with multi-hub operations in Asia. At the same time, the facility is set to be one of the most important data hubs in NTT Com’s global network, providing excellent connectivity to other countries, as well as being the company’s first greenfield data centre outside Japan.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Singapore Serangoon Data Center, Tan Choon Shian, Deputy Managing Director, EDB, thanked NTT Com for awarding its vote of confidence to Singapore. “This new data centre not only reflects NTT Com’s growing partnership with Singapore, but also demonstrates its commitment to its customers for their data centre needs in Asia. Apart from traditional co-location services, NTT Com plans to provide cloud computing and managed hosting services to customers,” he said.

A World-Class, Green Facility in the Works

Designed by NTT Com, the centre will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to ensure the highest level of reliability and security to protect clients’ mission critical data. It will maintain the company’s stringent standards for uniform, world-class data centre services, facilities and operations, which are closely aligned with those of several globally recognised organisations. Among other things, the building will feature fully redundant uninterruptible power supply systems, cooling systems and generators to help protect against any possible power outages and other issues.

It will also be an ecologically friendly data centre that houses efficient infrastructure. Tan revealed that as part of their green effort, NTT Com is exploring innovation in green data centre technologies to address challenges associated with cooling in our tropical climate.

Upon completion, the Singapore Serangoon Data Center will obtain globally recognised certifications for safety, efficiency and eco-friendliness. These include the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a green-building rating system of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the BCA Green Mark – a programme by Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority (BCA) that assures the environmental-friendliness of buildings.

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