THE Philippines is now regarded as an emerging
data center market, with more global technology companies looking to build
digital facilities in the country to meet regional demand amid challenges.
PLDT Enterprise Asia Pacific Regional Head Jeff
G. Mendoza, said hyperscalers or big technology organizations that have immense
network, power, and space requirements “are in need of options to serve the
fast-growing demand within the region.”
“This is the time when the emerging data center
markets — such as the Philippines — are anticipated to take advantage of this
window of opportunity,” he added.
PLDT Enterprise said major data center hubs in
Southeast Asia, especially Singapore and Hong Kong, are facing challenges
“In Hong Kong, geopolitical risks out of the
imposition of China’s National Security Law have caused hyperscalers in the
West to rethink their strategy of building or expanding their server farms in
the country,” it noted.
Singapore has issued a moratorium to freeze
data center construction in the country due to sustainability concerns and
Mendoza said the accelerated digitalization
among businesses and consumers in the region is pushing hyperscalers to “step
on the gas with their data center deployment plans across relevant countries.”
“The goal is to optimize subscriber experience
through data server localization while enhancing network resilience in growth
markets, including the Philippines,” he said.
The company also noted that some hyperscalers
are building new subsea cable systems landing in the Philippines.
The initiative “highlights the importance of
the country in the digital infrastructure roadmap of these tech giants,” PLDT