India's DC industry set to witness 2X growth by 2024
The DC industry to double capacity to 1,318 MW* which will need 7.8 million sq. ft of real estate space
Mumbai, December 26, 2022 – The Data Centre industry is expected to close the year with robust demand growth with estimated absorption in the range of 150-170MW1. This impressive growth can be attributed to the delivery of pre-committed supply to hyperscale cloud service providers (CSP) according to JLL’s Year ender ‘The 2022 story: Indian real estate’s rise from the lows.”
Colocation (Colo) operators are scaling up construction to meet the delivery targets. Some operators adopted retrofitting existing buildings to reduce the time of delivery. Supply has been mostly concentrated in Mumbai due to submarine cable connectivity, power availability and a large user market. As the year 2022 comes to an end, the supply is expected to exceed 2021 levels by a healthy margin.
“The India Data Centre industry is expected to add 681 MW capacity by end of 2024 leading to a doubling of capacity to 1,318 MW which will need 7.8 million sq. ft of real estate space. Mumbai is expected to account for 57% of the new supply followed by Chennai at 25%. Increasing digitisation is expected to save costs and make organisations resilient in times of uncertainty which will be one of the key drivers of data centres’ growth in India. The impact of 5G rollout, personal data protection legislation and investment incentives is expected to drive multi-year growth of Indian data centres,” said Rachit Mohan, Head, Data Centre Advisory, India, JLL. 'Public service cloud providers continue to see double-digit demand growth driven by the increasing use of digital services by BFSI, manufacturing, public sector, media, gaming, etc. In turn, this is expected to drive increasing demand for the data centre industry,” he added.
Climate change and sustainability objectives to influence the Data Centre industry growth
Like other industries, Data Centre has been equally impacted due to global disruptions, both man-made and natural. Climate change has been at the doorstep with a sharp rise in temperatures leading to unprecedented drought-like conditions in Europe. On the other hand, some countries have faced high rainfalls posing an operational challenge for existing Data Centres. This coupled with supply chain disruption caused by the geo-political crisis has added to the complications. The supply disruption of sources of power generation like crude and gas has led to a rethink among Data Centre players in setting up capacities. The impact of these outages especially due to sustainability issues is likely to result in a shift of data centre operations to other locations. India with its vast geographical resources, thrust on renewable energy, increasing submarine cable connectivity and cost competitiveness is likely to emerge as an alternative data centre hub.
Future trends: 5G network likely to increase speed by 10X times; smart devices to explode data growth
The commercial rollout of the 5G has the potential to increase the median download speed by 10 times as compared to the existing 4G network. 5G is projected to account for almost 40% of India’s mobile subscriptions – 500 million – by the end of 2027 with average data usage of 50 GB per month
Supply chain disruptions and skilled manpower shortages likely to push up construction costs
The global geopolitical crisis has adversely impacted the availability and prices of key energy inputs required for production and logistics leading to inflation across the value chain. The supply chain disruption has also led to a shortage of hardware equipment required for the functioning of data centres.
Increasing digitalisation to drive data consumption exponentially
Digital payments volume jumped by 64% to 72 bn transactions in FY 2021-22 from 44 bn transactions in FY 2020-21. Over-the-top (OTT) video streaming market saw a sharp rise in its paid subscriber base to an estimated 70-80 million in 2021 from 14 million in 2018-5x growth in three years. 5G-driven growth in online gaming, augmented reality, and digital commerce is expected to drive data usage
1 MW –Power capacity (thatwill be utilised by the IT Infrastructure like servers IT equipment such as servers, storage equipment and communications switches and routers)
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