Digital Edge and SK Ecoplant to build South Korea’s largest commercial data center

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Digital Edge and SK Ecoplant to build South Korea’s largest commercial data center

Digital Edge, a Singapore-based digital infrastructure firm, announced its intent to strike ground in South Korea alongside its local partner SK Ecoplant to build the country’s largest commercial data center.

The 120-megawatt facility will be located in Bupyeong-gu, Incheon at a cost of about KRW 1 trillion (approximately US$1 billion). The companies will support demand from local and international cloud providers and meet high power density applications like hyperscale, large digital media, and enterprise deployments, the companies said in a statement.

Digital Edge said the facility will be built energy-efficient to minimize energy and water usage. The facility will also be located close to Incheon International Airport and the business districts of the capital city Seoul, alongside its vicinity to Digital Edge’s recently acquired sites in Seoul and Busan from Sejong Telecom in 2021.

Digital Edge said the site will demonstrate its ongoing commitment to bring industry scalable digital infrastructure to the market, and link its existing carrier dense network in Yeoksam with its two data centers linked via third party telco services as well as the Cross Link product to bring more connectivity options to existing and future customers.

The company explained it partnered with SK Ecoplant due to its proven track record in the South Korean data center construction market. The first phase of construction will commence in 2022 with expectations for completion by 2024.

“Korea has one of the fastest growing data center markets and this investment forms part of our ongoing commitment to this dynamic country, as we seek to bring the next generation of digital infrastructure to Asia,” said Samuel Lee, CEO of Digital Edge. “By partnering with SK Ecoplant, a trusted local developer, we will combine their development knowledge with our data center build and operations experience to deliver the largest, state-of-the-art data center in the country,” he added.

In 2020, Digital Edge closed two investments in Japan, with one being a 12-megawatt data center in central Osaka made in partnership with Keihanshin Building and Kanden Energy Solution. The company said it has ambitions to construct a data center market that allows for the decentralization of network and platform resources away from the handful of providers that currently dominate the APAC market.

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