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13 Jun 2023

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Evolution Partners with Thai Company for New 34MW Data Center in Bangkok

Singapore-based Evolution Data Centres (EDC) has signed a joint venture with Thai company Central Pattana PCL to design, build and operate a 34MW carrier-neutral data center in central Bangkok. EDC says the new facility will be focused on sustainability and provide infrastructure as part of the nation's journey to create a Digital Economy.

"We are excited to be partnering with Central Pattana PCL to bring our expertise to Thailand," said Darren Webb, Chief Executive Officer of Evolution Data Centres. "Thailand is an important, high growth market, for us, and we are committed to delivering world-class infrastructure to support the country's digital transformation.”

"Central Pattana is proud to partner with Evolution Data Centres to bring cutting-edge technology to Thailand," said Mr. Phoom Chirathivat, Head of Hotel and Alternative Investments. "This joint venture marks a significant milestone for our company and is in line with our vision to become a leading mixed-use property developer regionally which includes digital infrastructure in Thailand.”

Thailand has seen very strong, steady economic growth over the past two decades, and is now considered an Emerging Economy, the third of five economic tiers covered by IDCA Research. Its high income has accompanied development of a strong industrial sector and a relatively robust electricity grid that delivers about 40% of the per capita energy as the EU average. Only Singapore and Malaysia have stronger grids.

Thailand's data center business and server density have a lot of room for development and currently command only about 0.2% of the country's electricity. The country's main challenge is to build significantly more renewable energy as it develops its digital infrastructure.

AWS now has a local zone in Bangkok, and Google Cloud is planning three zones there. Azure has yet to come to Thailand. All three of the major cloud vendors have operations in neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia.

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