NTT opens first data center in Myanmar

YANGON, NNA - NTT Communications Corp. has opened its first data center in Myanmar to offer high-quality services to multinational firms, financial institutions and government agencies.

The Japanese company's Thai subsidiary, NTT Communications (Thailand) Co., launched the Myanmar Yangon Kamayut Data Center in Yangon on Friday, with its 300-square-meter space capable of accommodating up to 90 server racks.

Masatoshi Tsuboi, vice president of the Thai arm, said NTT's premium data center service will support firms to run their core business smoothly with its extensive experience.

"Myanmar's economic growth is benefiting from growing numbers of international joint ventures and foreign direct investment. Now is the right time to launch our data center services in Yangon to support their business strongly with our expertise," he said.

NTT, a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., had a co-location resale agreement with a local IT firm, Myint & Associates Telecommunications, to resell server co-location space made available from Myanmar's first locally owned data center that has received "Tier III Design Certification" awarded by the U.S.-based Uptime Institute.

Myint & Associates is an IT solutions business arm of MPRL E&P Group of Companies, which has major businesses in the oil and gas sector.

Tsuboi told NNA that Myanmar has great potential in the growth of data center business although the market is just emerging.

"Until now, Myanmar's data center trend is not coming yet. It's quite still small. However, it's going to be coming after an outsourcing trend comes in Myanmar. Then, these individual customers need data centers because they need to prevent disasters," he said.

He expects that the data center market of Myanmar is likely to triple by 2020 from the current market size due to the country's growing economy, saying NTT has plans to expand the service in other major cities in future.

NTT, which is operating over 140 data centers worldwide, entered the Myanmar market last July and began its high-speed internet connection service for companies in Yangon soon after it received a network service license from Myanmar's Ministry of Transport and Communications. (NNA/Kyodo)