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Japanese telco NTT is in talks to buy German data center provider e-shelter for 100 billion yen ($836m) , according to reports. 

Nippon Telegraph and Telegraph Communications is interested to buy e-shelter in order to continue its expansion outside Japan, according to a story reported by Nikkei Business Daily and Reuters.   

Turning to Japan?

NTT has been on an expansion drive, buying South Africa’s Dimension Data in 2010, and acquiring 80 percent of US provider RagingWire in 2013, as well as other specialists such as Singapore’s Pro-Matrix, and connectivity firm Virtela

e-shelter currently has, or is building, data centers in  Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Zurich, Vienna, and Munich.

A planned 18,000 square meter (about 180,000 sq ft) data centre in Unterschleissheim, north of Munich, fell foul of a fish farmer last year, when Anton Kurz, owner of Forellenhof Nadler farm, claimed a proposed groundwater cooling systemwould harm his trout. This complaint has now been withdrawn. 

e-shelter answered our call but declined to comment on the report that NTT is interested in buying it.