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Singtel in talks to build data centre in Johor — sources

Singtel, via Nxera, is said to be in talks with Malaysian authorities to set up a data centre in Iskandar Puteri.

Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, commonly known as Singtel, is believed to be the latest international company to be setting up a data centre in Johor, Malaysia.

Singapore-listed Singtel, via its regional data centre business Nxera, is said to be in talks with Malaysian authorities to set up a data centre in Iskandar Puteri in the southern state, sources told The Edge Malaysia.

According to its website, Nxera currently operates two data centres in its home country of Singapore, namely DC West and Kim Chuan 2. Another data centre, DC Tuas, is currently under construction and is expected to be operational in 2025.

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Besides that, Nxera is also currently constructing a data centre in Thailand, and another one in Indonesia.

Interestingly, property developer UEM Sunrise Bhd said on Tuesday that it is selling land for RM144.9 million cash for the development of a data centre in Johor.

Coincidentally, the two parcels of freehold land measuring about 11.7 hectares (28.9 acres) are also located in Iskandar Puteri.

UEM Sunrise did not disclose the identity of the buyer, merely referring to it as “a leading global data centre industry player”.

Notably, Malaysia has taken a somewhat liberal approach in welcoming companies from around the world to set up data centres in the country to boost its ambition to become a regional data centre hub.

This story was first published on The Edge Malaysia. Read the full article here.

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