Odata plans to build its first data center in Chile.

The new facility will be located in Lampa, to the northwest of capital city Santiago.

When fully developed, the 6-hectare site will house more than 40,000 sqm (430,500 sq ft) of data center buildings totaling 28MW of capacity. The company says it has already broken ground on the project, but didn't detail a completion date.

“Investing in Chile was the next logical step in our expansion process in Latin America,” said Odata CEO Ricardo Alário. “We are seeing a huge demand for digital infrastructure in the continent and our philosophy as a company since our foundation has always been to accompany the progress of the region, sustaining its digital growth, through an efficient, sustainable operation that favors highly qualified local employment technical.”

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ODATA moves into Chile

Santiago Chile
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The company says it will invest $217 million into the development, and will support around 500 jobs during the construction phase and 100 jobs when fully operational.

Odata's country manager in Chile, Ignacio Larraín, said the company is analyzing new investment opportunities in the country, and is likely to announce a second project around south Santiago in the coming weeks.

“Chile is experiencing accelerated digitization and there is a great demand for high-speed Internet, low-latency cloud services and for IT services that are essential for business,” he said. “Our goal is to be a benchmark in the country and help support the needs of digital infrastructure.

Last month the company detailed Brazilian expansion plans in São Paulo and Rio following a $30 million loan from the International Finance Corporation to expand its operations. Construction on its Querétaro, Mexico campus began in January 2021, with the first phase due for completion by the start of 2022.

Odata is majority-owned by Brazilian private equity firm Patria Investments, while CyrusOne has a stake in the company.

Microsoft, Huawei, Oracle, and Google all have cloud regions in development or operation in Chile, while AWS has an Edge location in the country.