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Mumbai’s Data Centre Capacity Highest in Asia Pacific Region

The report cited that Mumbai recorded the largest supply increase, with nearly 200MW added in Q3 2021, a 24% increase in one quarter.

Knight Frank has revealed its latest Data Centre Report 2021, in partnership with DC Byte, that shows strong evidence indicating that Mumbai’s data centre market has experienced strong momentum in 2021, in Asia Pacific Region.

Mumbai’s Data CentreThe report cited that Mumbai recorded the largest supply increase, with nearly 200MW added in Q3 2021, a 24% increase in one quarter.

Shishir Baijal, Chairman and Managing Director at Knight Frank India said, “Mumbai is amongst the top established datacentre hubs in the APAC region. As digital transformation accelerates amidst the 4th industrial revolution, demand for digital infrastructure such as data centres is certain to grow. The digital economy in India is estimated to grow to a staggering US$1 trillion by 2025; data centres constitute an integral part of this growth story, which has only gathered steam since the onset of the pandemic and its associated disruptions.”

The colocation supply in Mumbai has increased significantly in the first three quarters of this year, and for the first time, the city’s total IT capacity has crossed the gigawatt mark (alongside Shanghai and Tokyo in the Asia Pacific) in Q3 2021.

Total IT capacity in Mumbai jumped from 812MW in Q2 to 1,006MW in Q3.

The report also cited that the quarterly take-up of IT power in Mumbai has increased from 2.78MW in Q2 2021 to 6.42MW Q3 2021, the highest quarterly take-up on record.


The table depicts both, the quarterly take-up of colocation IT power, and the total of all of the IT power developed (including enterprise).

Q1 2021 in MW (Megawatts)Q2 2021 in MW (Megawatts)Q3 2021 in MW (Megawatts)
SUPPLY IT POWER788.8812.81006.2
TAKE-UP IT POWER8.912.786.42


The chart below shows the total of all IT power built against the total IT power that is available.

 Q1 2021 in MW (Megawatts)Q2 2021 in MW (Megawatts)Q3 2021 in MW (Megawatts)
AVAILABLE IT POWER620.83642.05829.53
TOTAL IT POWER788.8812.81006.2

The Indian data centre market currently houses an estimated 445 MW of critical IT capacity in the seven cities of Mumbai, NCR, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.


The report cited that 2021 brought uncertainty as to what demand would look like after the accelerated buy-cycles of the initial COVID reaction in the EMEA (Europe, The Middle East and Africa) market.

After some steady growth in Q1 and Q2, the third quarter witnessed a decline in new supply. Total supply for the region increased by around 200MW, compared with a growth of 400MW in Q2 and just under 300MW in Q1.


In APAC, Q3 2021 saw a significant acceleration in the development and deal-making activity. The highlight of the quarter was reported as Vantage Data Centre’s acquisition of Agile Data Centre’s business – totaling almost 170MW across key markets of Tokyo, Osaka and Melbourne, as well as taking on PCCW’s data centre portfolio of 100MW across Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Total supply (live, phased, and under construction) in APAC increased by nearly 500MW in Q3, bringing total capacity in the region to over 7,500MW. Take-up was over 100MW, consistent with the quarterly average throughout 2021 to date.


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