India records 28% jump in data centre capacity in 2020, will need 60 lakh sq ft for further expansion till 2023

New Delhi: India added 102 MW of data centre capacity in 2020, an increase of 28 percent over 2019’s installed capacity of 350 MW. 

In terms of absorption of the installed data centre parks, the country saw a jump of 35 percent in 2020 over the previous year at 102 MW, according to a study by JLL. 

Thus the total capacity in the country at the end of 2020 stood at 447 MW and the utilization of the same was 390 MW. The country is expected to add about 560 MW by 2023, needing an investment of RS 28,000 crore.  Around 196 MW is expected to be added by the end of the current year and another 249 MW by the end of 2022. There will be an addition of 115 MW by 2023, translating into cumulative consumption of about 60 lakh square feet space between now and then.

While Mumbai has the lion's share of the current installed capacity in the country at 199, Bengaluru has 57 MW and Chennai houses around 54 MW. Pune has 53 MW and Delhi has 40 MW capacity. Hyderabad is emerging to be major hub with about 30 MW installed capacity right now.