Here is how Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have been strategizing DC industry growth amid tight resource management and zero carbon commitments

Kelvin Fong, Managing Director (Asia Pacific), EdgeConneX

However, that growth is not equal across the board. For example, while Singapore is a mature, established data center hub that leads the rest of the APAC outside China, the country’s carbon commitments have seen limiting of the construction of new data centers: initially with a three-year moratorium, and subsequently through tight allocation of new data centers and capacity.

    • With a comparably larger data center footprint, Malaysia and Indonesia are currently each poised to exceed 500 megawatts of operational capacity over the next few years — due to government initiatives such as setting up Special Economic Zones and tax breaks for attracting new data center investments.
    • Crucially, the resulting new data centers will eventually be powered by renewable power, tapping into sustainability projects that are planned or underway. For instance, Indonesia plans to increase its renewable energy generation to 44% by 2030, from around 12% in 2022. On its part, Malaysia has plans to establish a smart grid and increase the proportion of renewable energy to 31% in 2025, and 40% in 2035 in total power production.
    • In the meantime, Singapore hopes to remain a key market as part of a larger hub that includes Malaysia and Indonesia, with plans to double their already substantial number of subsea landings by 2030 to constitute a diversified, resilient regional network.