This quarter, the Knight Frank Data Centre report focuses on the growth markets of Asia Pacific. Market analysis includes Osaka, Melbourne, Jakarta, Manila, Hanoi, Taipei, and Indian cities Hyderabad, New Delhi and Chennai.

The growth trajectory of data centre supply noted in the principal global data centre markets in previous quarters is now being mirrored in secondary cities across the region. Underpinned by strong demand fundamentals and a trend towards greater localisation of data centre facilities, total supply (live, under construction, and committed capacity) in the reported APAC markets has grown from just under 700MW five years ago to over 3,000MW today. For the first three quarters of 2022 alone, around 600MW of new capacity has been added.

Melbourne, Jakarta and Osaka now each have over half a gigawatt of aggregate IT Supply. At 593MW of registered IT supply, Melbourne is seeing renewed interest from local and regional operators such as NextDC, AirTrunk, Vantage and Stack Infrastructure, which will add close to 450MW to existing live supply. Microsoft is also known to be planning a facility here. Jakarta has seen significant announcements and planned capacity, several times the existing supply, from both hyperscale cloud service providers like Amazon and Microsoft, as well as a variety of local and international operators. Osaka continues to develop as an alternative data centre market in Japan complementing the more established Tokyo region.

The major cities of Hyderabad, New Delhi and Chennai are also registering rapid growth, with between 300MW to 400MW of IT capacity each. About two-thirds of this supply was added in the past couple of years, with around 50% of total supply planned or committed capacity. The increased investment in the data centre sector in recent years is party driven by government policy, including easier access to credit and other incentives to boost data centre investment. Active players in the market include local firms such as CtrlS, Sify Technologies, Nxtra by Airtel and Web Werks, joint ventures such as AdaniConnex and BAM Digital Realty, as well as cloud service providers.

In Southeast Asia, Taipei, Manila and Hanoi continue to see growing interest from hyperscale CSPs and data centre investors. AWS announced local zones in both Manila and Hanoi this year and is in the process of rolling them out, while the global firm also launched its local zone in Taipei in October 2022. Current key players in these markets mainly comprise the local telcos, with a handful of regional joint ventures such as STT-Globe in the Philippines and NTT-VNPT in Vietnam.

Overall, the expansion of data centre activity into the growth markets across the APAC region remain on a strong footing, reflecting the continued resilience of demand across each geography.