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Telkom builds 3rd data center in Singapore

State-run telecommunications firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) has officially kicked off the development of a new data center in Singapore to support its ambitious goal of becoming a world-class information and technology company.

The firm’s business arm in the city-state, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International Pte. Ltd Singapore (Telin Singapore), held a groundbreaking ceremony attended by a number of high-ranking officials for the construction of the data center in the Jurong area on Friday.

Among those in attendance were Indonesian State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, Singaporean Senior Minister of State Lee Yi Shyan and Indonesia’s Ambassador to Singapore, Andri Hadi.

Telkom president director Alex J. Sinaga said that the new data center — dubbed Telin-3 — would become Telin Singapore’s third data center after those in Changi and Tai Seng.

“The new data center, which is set to start operating in the third quarter of next year, is expected to strengthen Telin Singapore’s position as Telkom’s strategic hub connecting Indonesia and other parts of the world,” he said in a statement.

Singapore was ranked first of 143 countries in this year’s global network readiness index, surpassing last year’s champion Finland, according to a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Network readiness is defined as a nation’s level of preparedness to participate in and benefit from information, communications and technology (ICT) developments.

Singapore is now a battleground for the world’s leading data center operators, such as Equinix, SingTel and StarHub.

Telin Singapore CEO Septika Noegraheni Widyasrini added that the construction of the new data center marked a pivotal step for the company, with its business value set to soar.

Telin-3 was designed to fulfill demand for premium data centers, not only in Singapore, but also in the regional and global markets, Alex said.

“Telin-3 is one of our investments overseas that is in line with our growth strategy to strengthen our service in connecting business partners and customers in a digital supply chain,” he went on.

He added that the new five-storey data center was set to be constructed on an 8,000 square-meter plot of land with a 20,000 sq m gross floor area.

Telkom has previously stated that total investment for Telin-3 will hit US$115 million.

Alex said that he was confident that market potential for the new data center remained big both in Singapore and other countries.

The data center market in Southeast Asia is forecast to grow by 18.05 percent in compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the period of 2014 to 2019, driven by surging demand for cloud computing and big data analytics, according to research by research firm TechNavio.

Other than in Singapore, Telkom currently has three data centers in Indonesia run by its subsidiary TelkomSigma.

The data centers are located in Serpong in Tangerang, Surabaya in East Java and Sentul in West Java, according to information published on the company’s website.

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