China Telecom expanding data center capacity in HK

China Telecom expanding data center capacity in HKChina Telecom is expanding its data center capacity in Hong Kong after entering a collaboration agreement with Global Switch in April.

The company has added a new floor with its Shatin data center to increase server capacity, and has also arranged to build and operate the colocation areas for two of the new buildings from the in-construction Global Switch Tseung Kwan O data center.

The agreement with Global Switch is designed to allow China Telecom to tap into its partner's extensive data center capacity outside of mainland China.

The 45,000 square meter TKO data center will offer a power capacity of up to 70 mega-volt amps.

It is expected to boast Tier 3 status and also provide access to local and international Tier 1 and Tier 2 carriers, and to boast connectivity to three subsea cables -- the Asia-Pacific Gateway, the Asia-Submarine cable Express and the East Asia Crossing – due to its proximity to the TKO landing station.

The facility is targeting LEED Gold and BEAM PLUS Gold energy efficiency ratings.

China Telecom subsidiary China Telecom Americas has meanwhile expanded its network coverage in North America with three new PoPs, in Oregon and Illinois in the US and Quebec in Canada.

The network expansion is aimed at bolstering the operator's trans-Pacific proposition and helping the company stay ahead of growth in demand for bandwidth.

“China Telecom is proud to be enhancing its Hong Kong data center portfolio with the expansion of its best-in-class Shatin facility and the addition of a new site at Tseung Kwan O in partnership with Global Switch,”  China Telecom Americas President Joe Han said.

“China Telecom’s latest investment in Hong Kong data centers and North America points of presence means our customers can expect reliable, low-latency, worldwide connectivity. This will enable them to deploy applications fast and flexibly.”