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AirTrunk, HGC up Hong Kong data centre fibre game

Operators sign deal by which HGC is to further strengthen AirTrunk’s data centre connectivity in the pecial administrative region.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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January 20, 2021 | 11:34 AM GMT

Hong Kong ICT giant HGC Global Communications Limited (HGC) has brought online its hyperscale-focused fibre optic network at AirTrunk’s latest hyperscale data centre in Hong Kong.

Asia-Pacific hyperscale data centre specialist, AirTrunk opened the doors of its HKG1 data centre in December 2020. Near Tsuen Wan, AirTrunk’s 20+ MW facility is located in a key hub for international connectivity. 

AirTrunk converted an eight-storey industrial building into a hyperscale data centre with a design PUE of 1.35 to support cloud customers ramping up their operations in Hong Kong and the wider region.

HGC’s fibre connectivity is available to link the new data centre to others in the city and beyond into APAC, through HGC’s fibre network. 

The company claims service can be brought online within four to six weeks, and between two to three weeks for fast-track customers. 

Leveraging the network and portfolio of services, HGC links its home market with the rest of the world and carries traffic between internationally-dispersed geographies.

Being a major financial hub and technology centre, Hong Kong is one of the Asia’s most connected locations. With a healthy data centre landscape and a large portfolio of submarine cables, Hong Kong is set to remain a top choice for deployment by global enterprises. 

Think tank house Structure Research estimates the Hong Kong data centre market to grow at a CAGR of 13% to 14%, reaching $1.7 billion by 2023. A key driver behind this growth is the ongoing letting of hosting floor to hyperscale companies, especially large public cloud operators. Hong Kong has one of the highest concentrations of deployments by these players.

Thomas Lee, AVP, Global Carrier Data, International Business of HGC, said: “We have borne witness to rapid mounting demand for data centre to data centre network connectivity services in Hong Kong. The HGC fibre optic grid available at AirTrunk’s state-of-the-art facility is a solid and robust infrastructure. 

“It has the ability to be tailored to each client’s needs, and has a specially designed SLA for hyperscale companies, including large public cloud companies seeking to expand in the region. With state-of-the-art network infrastructure, far-reaching connectivity and software-based capability, HGC is well-positioned to capture widespread market opportunities arising in the digital economy.”

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