Pacific fiber and data operator Pacnet announced a new initiative today. They plan to convert their Cable Landing facilities into ‘Data Landing Stations’. Pacnet of operates an extensive submarine cable system in Asia and has such cable landing systems in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines amongst others. Leveraging unused space to address the data center market is indeed an attractive concept. In the words of Pacnet’s Bill Barney:
“Over the past few years, we have seen exponential growth in the demand for data center hosting services and customized applications. Yet, the cost of power, real estate, maintenance and connectivity makes it challenging for existing players to upgrade and new players to enter into the data center space. Pacnet’s cable landing facilities across Asia are equipped with massive power, space and capacity, therefore, it is a natural step for us to move forward in building DLS facilities to support immediate demands in the marketplace.”
And yet, I’m still scratching my head a bit here. Just how big are these cable landing stations? And if they’ve got so much extra space and power, why hasn’t this happened before? I think most of these facilities date to the Asia Global Crossing buildout a decade ago, did they overbuild it back then? Or is Pacnet embellishing a tad aggressively? I suppose we’ll see when the space comes online and customers move in.
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