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Telecom Upgrades its HK Data Centre

Hong Kong Data Centre

A major telecommunications company, currently operating one of the largest globally connected IPv4+IPv6 networks in the world, recently completed a round of upgrades and improvements to their Hong Kong data centre.

The aim is to boost network performance for end-users throughout China and across the APAC region.

The addition of new local and international connectivity partners has improved network performance and reliability for businesses seeking to reach one of Asia’s busiest centres or international finance, trade, and enterprise.

The CEO and Principal Technology Architect of the firm stated that Hong Kong is a critical piece of the company’s global footprint.

These network upgrades enable the firm to deliver applications to end-users faster and more reliably both locally within China, as well as across the entire APAC region.

The firm’s Hong Kong data centre is one of the most carrier-dense network hubs in the region, strategically situated near submarine cable landing stations for fast, reliable global connectivity.

Customers in this location gain low latency access to one of the strongest financial ecosystems in Asia, including more than 135 banks, exchanges, and other participants.

The company’s Hong Kong data centre also offers direct access to HKIX (Hong Kong Internet Exchange), one of the largest Internet exchange points in the Asia Pacific region.

The Hong Kong data centre features state-of-the-art security and operating standards and is SOC 1 Type II, PCI-DSS, and ISO 27001 compliant, with experienced 24×7 NOC and local technicians available to provide remote hands and expert support.

Increased Spending on Data Centres

According to another article, the data centre market in the Asia Pacific has been forecasted to reach US$32 billion by 2023, behind only North America in terms of regional revenue.

According to the findings of a data analytics and consulting company, the surge in spending during the next four years will stem from enterprise customers “increasingly migrating” existing resources to data centres to “reap benefits from data”.

By 2023, Asia Pacific will account for nearly 30 per cent of the global data centre market, behind North America with 34.2 per cent but ahead of Western Europe on 24 per cent.

The lead analyst on the report stated that the data centre and hosting market growth in the Asia Pacific will be driven by growing demand for cloud services and digitisation from both enterprises as well as the investors.

The Asia Pacific region provides the leading vendors with unique benefits in terms of costs, continuous investment in connectivity infrastructure upgrades and capability to serve a broader set of customer requirements in their pursuit for digital transformation.

It was noted investment will continue in new data centre projects by existing and new entrants with a view to expand their presence in the region and serve additional customers.

In addition, with the commercial availability of 5G services in the next 1-2 years, data consumption is expected to grow multiple-folds.

This will result in constant connectivity requirements as well as data centre supported features, for supporting the critical business applications and activities of the enterprises.

Hong Kong – A Key Data Centre Hub

As data centres become larger and more efficient, new data centres are generally being built in centralised areas, in order to achieve the required economies of scale.

Hong Kong has developed into a regional hub for large enterprises across a range of industries. Most large international providers are focusing on Hong Kong in order to build a geo-redundant hyper multi-cloud architecture.

Hong Kong is one of the few locations in Asia that has a reliable and stable supply of electricity, advanced telecoms infrastructure with good fibre connectivity and is sheltered from natural disasters.

The city is a major financial and international trading and logistics hub and is home to many regional offices and headquarters of global corporations.

This generates a strong demand for secure data centre facilities and services. Its proximity to the Mainland of China is also core strength, one report noted.

The report went on to state that over the next five to ten years the Hong Kong data centre market will face mounting challenges with a lot of new local supply entering the market, and a growing secondary market in neighbouring countries, where some potential new business will go to surrounding, cheaper markets such as Indonesia and Malaysia which are very quickly developing their data centre markets.

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