Colt DCS Buys Ten Plots of Land for Future Data Centers

A few months after being reborn as a hyperscale company.

Max Smolaks, Senior Editor

January 10, 2022

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Colt Tokyo Inzai 2 data center
Colt's Inzai 2 data center on the outskirts of TokyoColt

Colocation specialist Colt Data Centre Services (DCS) has purchased ten parcels of land for upcoming data centers, targeting key infrastructure hubs across Europe and Asia-Pacific.

These include London, Frankfurt, Paris, and an unnamed city in Japan. The company said the locations have secured power capacity of more than 500MVA in total, making them suitable for especially large data centers.

“This announcement marks yet another major milestone in the acceleration of its hyperscale strategy and positions Colt DCS as a major hyperscale and large enterprise data center provider in the market,” said Niclas Sanfridsson, CEO.

A change of direction

Colt DCS is headquartered in London and owned by Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest asset managers – which also owns its sister company, network operator Colt Technology Services. The name itself originally stood for ‘City Of London Telecommunications.’

Today, Colt DCS operates carrier-neutral data centers in six locations across Europe, and a further eight in Asia-Pacific. It used to specialize in a broad range of colocation services, but recently sold 12 of its retail-oriented European facilities to AtlasEdge Data Centres, a relatively young venture specializing in low latency digital infrastructure.

The remaining sites became the foundation for Colt DCS’ new direction – building and running massive data centers for cloud providers and the world’s largest businesses.

“Refining our portfolio has enabled us to go into full growth mode,” said Richard Wellbroc, VP of Real Estate at Colt DCS.

“We want to create success for our partners, customers, and for the future of the business. Focusing clearly on the hyperscale and large enterprise business enables us to do just that. We are now in position to swiftly bring about meaningful and sustainable change in the market.”

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Max Smolaks

Senior Editor, Informa

Max Smolaks is senior editor at Data Center Knowledge, a leading online publication dedicated to the data center industry. A passionate technology journalist, Max has been writing about IT for a decade, covering startups, hardware, and regulation – across B2B titles including Silicon, DatacenterDynamics, The Register, and AI Business.

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