Singapore selects 4 data centre operators to spurt digital economy growth sustainably

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Singapore’s Economic Development Board and Infocomm Media Development Authority have awarded approximately 80 MW of new capacity to four data centre operators through the pilot DC-CFA exercise. This initiative reflects Singapore’s dedication to fostering the expansion of data centres to bolster the digital economy while prioritising sustainability and climate change commitments.

The primary objective of the pilot exercise was to facilitate the sustainable construction of new data centre capacity, with a focus on energy efficiency, decarbonisation, international connectivity, and contributions to Singapore’s broader economic objectives.

The four proposals, namely, AirTrunk-ByteDance (Consortium), Equinix, GDS, Microsoft were singled out for their comprehensive ability to achieve desired outcomes and competitive offerings that strengthen Singapore’s position as a regional hub. Notable highlights include the adoption of cutting-edge sustainability technologies, attainment of energy-efficient performance with Green Mark DC Platinum Certification, expansion of international connectivity, and the establishment of critical computing capacities such as AI/ML and High-Performance Compute in Singapore.

Looking ahead, the EDB and IMDA will collaborate with industry stakeholders to allocate additional capacity over the next 12 to 18 months, ensuring Singapore’s standing as an innovative, sustainable, and global digital hub. A roadmap will be developed in partnership with the industry to encourage the development of Green DCs with lower carbon emissions in alignment with Singapore’s net-zero targets. The agencies will also prioritise engaging stakeholders to construct the necessary computing and connectivity infrastructure for a competitive AI ecosystem.

The pilot DC-CFA exercise has demonstrated the industry’s commitment to sustainable growth and its confidence in Singapore’s value proposition as a leading technology hub. Ongoing collaboration between government agencies and industry stakeholders will drive the development of a resilient and future-ready digital infrastructure that supports Singapore’s digital economy and sustainability goals.

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