Colt Data Centre Services (Colt DCS) has broken ground on a new data center in Tokyo, Japan.

The company this week announced the commencement of construction of its fourth data center in Inzai City, in Chiba Prefecture.

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Known as Inzai 4 and set on a site area of 8,750 sqm (94,185 sq ft), the facility has a designed capacity of approximately 20MW and is already 100 percent pre-let. The first phase of Inzai 4 is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

The new site is located 600m from Colt Data Centre Services’ existing Inzai Campus. The combined IT capacity of the extended Inzai campus is nearly 70MW.

The new facility marks the second development under the joint venture between Colt-owner Fidelity Investments and Mitsui. The first development under the JV, in Osaka Keihanna, opened in March 2023.

Niclas Sanfridsson, CEO of Colt DCS said: “Colt DCS’ latest expansion within Inzai City is part of our long-term strategy to provide scalable growth for our customers with refined data center design and proven experience. We are trusted by our customers to effectively build their digital infrastructure, as well as manage and operate their data center with their scalability needs in mind.

“We see this as an exciting opportunity to deepen our digital footprint and increase our IT capacity within the region. Colt DCS’ customer-centricity has always been at the heart of our operations and growth strategy, and we look forward to continuing our ethos with Inzai 4 –the fifth hyperscale data center Colt DCS has built in Japan,” he added.

In July 2021, Japanese conglomerate Mitsui and investment firm Fidelity formed a joint venture to build hyperscale data centers in Japan that would be operated by Fidelity-owned Colt.

Colt currently operates two data centers in Osaka and a total of five other facilities in Tokyo.

Takashi Nakai, general manager of the financial business division of Mitsui & Co. said: “The launch of Inzai 4 is testament to the service and operation that Colt DCS offer, and highlights them as a trusted data center operator. We’re delighted that our partnership with Fidelity Investments encompasses the launch of Inzai 4, and we’re excited to see how this new hyperscale data center can help to further serve the data center needs of businesses worldwide.”

Colt also has seven facilities across Europe; three in London, UK; two in Frankfurt, Germany; and one each in Paris, France, and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It is also developing a large campus in Mumbai, India.

Ellen Hall, Fidelity’s head of direct real estate said: “The announcement of Inzai 4 is a prime example of our strong partnership with Mitsui and Colt DCS. The new data center is a great opportunity for Colt DCS to extend its reach within Japan as well as the wider APAC region. We are proud to be working on such an exciting and expansive project within the market.”

In January 2022 the company said it had acquired ten new parcels of land across Europe and APAC for new data center developments, including in Japan, but didn’t provide details.

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