Pacnet to build major new data centre in north China

One of Asia’s biggest providers of content delivery network (CDN) services has revealed plans to build a US$ 72mn data centre in the city of Tianjin in northern China, designed to meet growing demand for data centre and managed services for both Chinese and foreign enterprises.

Pacnet will begin construction of the facility in early 2013 in the Tianjin Wuqing Business District together with the local government, with the expectation of opening it for business in early 2014. It will be Pacnet’s fifth data centre in China and will be capable of hosting 2,000 racks, making it one of Pacnet’s largest data centres.

“We are excited to work with the Tianjin Wuqing government to support their latest initiative to develop the Tianjin Wuqing Business District into a leading IT hub in North China,” said Carl Grivner, CEO of Pacnet. “We believe our strong international presence coupled with our local China expertise, will enable us to support Tianjin’s development into a key technology hub in North China.”

Pacnet announced last October that its equity joint venture in China, Pacnet Business Solutions (PBS), had obtained a license to expand its IP VPN service to cover 23 provincial administrative zones in China, up from 20 cities. The company currently operates over 300,000 square feet of data centre space across 24 data centres in the region that are interconnected by Pacnet’s high speed network.

On a worldwide basis, Pacnet owns and operates an extensive high-capacity submarine cable system throughout the Asia Pacific region, with over 46,000 km of fibre and connectivity to 23 data centres – including its facilities in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney.

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