Brazil / Brasil: Um Telecom announces plans for new data center in Recife, Brazil

Sep 19, 2022 | Posted by MadalineDunn

Brazilian telco Um Telecom has announced that it is investing R$40 million (US$7.6m) in a new data center in Recife in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. The facility, which is expected to achieve Tier III certification, will be based at the Technological Park of Electronics and Associated Technologies of Pernambuco (Parqtel). Over a ten-year period, there will be three development phases which will see a total of R$150 million (US$28m) invested. 

According to  Rui Gomes, CEO of Um Telecom, the new facility, which will span a total of 13,000 sqm (140,000 sq ft), will transform Pernambuco into a "data hub for the region," due to its strategic location. Further to this Gomes said that the company said its digital content and services "closer to the user" by changing the way data is distributed in the Northeast.

Um Telecom's COO, Daniel Gomes, added: "Pernambuco already plays an important role in the logistics of the Northeast region through an airline hub, distribution centers of companies in the retail segment, as well as carriers. Based on this new equipment, the State will also exercise its vocation for digital infrastructure, through the distribution of content throughout the region using Recife as a center."

Work on the first stage of the data center is to commence this year and the facility is due to be operational by the end of next year. The company is also planning to develop a solar park to power its operations. According to the company, the photovoltaic plant will have a capacity of 1.215 million megawatt-hours/year and meet 80% of the company's energy demand.

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