NTT’s Global Data Centers division has begun building its first data center in Madrid. The new site, Madrid 1, will cover 3,600 sq m (39,000 sq ft) and be able to hold 6MW of capacity.

The data center is being constructed on NTT’s 12,500 sq m (134,500 sq ft) site at Európolis Business and Technology Park, in Las Rozas, Madrid. It is scheduled to go live in Q3 2021.

Florian Winkler
– Florian Winkler

European gateway

Florian Winkler, CEO of the Global Data Centers EMEA division of NTT, said: “Madrid is the largest data center hub in Spain and a European gateway to the world. Three new submarine cables connecting US, Latin America, and North Africa, make Spain a very important communications hub on the global connectivity landscape. Connectivity, paired with local and global demand from clients means Madrid is an important location for NTT to invest and launch a major interconnected data center in Madrid.”

Araceli Pedraza, Country Managing Director of NTT in Spain said: "This new data center represents a clear commitment to the Spanish market and will undoubtedly contribute to the positioning of Spain as a Digital Hub for Southern Europe."

The latest announcement follows the company’s global expansion in Asia and Europe. Back in September, NTT announced Mumbai 7, a 38MW facility with 375,000 sq ft (34,800 sq m) of colocation space. That same month, the company also said it would be building a data center in the UK.

Hemel 4 joins NTT's other project, London 1, in Dagenham, and its five completed data centers in Hemel Hempstead and Slough. Once fully built out, the facility will have 9,600 sq m (100,000 sq ft) of colocation space and support 24MW. The first phase is due to open in Q4 2021. NTT is investing a total of around $660m on these expansion projects in the UK market, giving it a London hub of data centers with a total capacity of 100MW.