NTT, a global leader in data centers and telecommunications, has announced that it will be investing Rs 2,000 crore in a hyperscale data center in Kolkata over the next few years. This investment is part of NTT’s ongoing plan to invest USD 2.5 billion in India, which was announced two years ago. In the initial phase of this project, NTT plans to invest around Rs 500 crore, depending on the demand from the region. The new hyperscale data center will support NTT’s cloud services and provide connectivity to other data centers in the country. This investment highlights NTT’s commitment to expanding its presence in India and providing world-class data infrastructure to support the growing demand for digital services in the region.
CEO of NTT Global Data Centers and Cloud, Shekhar Sharma said “We plan to build three data centre buildings for hyperscale data centre in Kolkata site. The IT load capacity of the data centre will be at least 25MW, but considering the operational power requirement, it will be 40MW. The campus will be spread over 7.5 acres of land,”
NTT’s new data center campus in Kolkata will occupy an area of 600,000 square feet, with the first phase consisting of 100,000 square feet. The company plans to have the data center operational within 12 to 15 months. NTT’s overall investment of USD 2.5 billion in India will go towards new data centers, cloud computing, submarine cable landing stations, and solar parks, supporting the country’s growing demand for digital services. West Bengal’s IT Secretary, Rajeev Kumar, has stated that multiple companies have shown interest in setting up data centers in the Bengal Silicon Valley Tech Hub located in New Town, near Kolkata. A preferential open access policy for data centers is also being developed to promote growth in the sector.
Debashish Sen, the Managing Director of West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO), which oversees the Bengal Silicon Valley Tech Hub, has stated that the state government will support the use of green energy in data centers. The government plans to promote the use of green energy through policy support, in order to encourage sustainable practices in the data center industry. This commitment to green energy reflects a growing trend in the tech industry towards more environmentally-friendly practices, as companies look to reduce their carbon footprint and minimize their impact on the environment.