By the year 2025, the capacity of the Philippines’ data centers would have grown five times than they are today, an equivalent of roughly 300 Megawatts (MW), according to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Speaking on the topic is DICT Secretary Ivan John E. Uy who told reporters about the increase in data being generated while expecting a rapid growth of data centers’ capacity to cater to them—by at least five times.

With the country on the path toward digitalization and with an increasing dependence on cloud-based services, data centers are center stage in the facilitation of efficient and secure data management.

The notion stems from conversations with various telecommunication companies as well as private sector partners of the agency, implying the construction of additional data centers.

With a total of 60 MW of capacity nationwide, Uy anticipates the current rate to quintuple to 300 MW in the next two years, while suggesting it to be a relatively conservative target.

Ostensively just an estimate, Uy added that some may put more according to the development of the economy and the number of investments that are pouring in, particularly among hyperscalers.

For instance, a joint venture between Ayala Corp., Globe Telecom Inc., and ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) revealed a plan for a 124 MW data center, in May.

Likewise, earlier this year, ePLDT Inc. also unveiled a plan to expand the capacity of its Makati-based data center by 12 MW. Part also of the expansion is the establishment of the 11th data center in the country at a 5-hectare lot in Sta. Rosa,

Laguna named VITRO Sta. Rosa, which will come with an initial capacity of 14 MW and subsequently, 50 MW when it goes into full operation.

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