Data center giant Digital Realty Trust, has just launched Digital Seoul 1 (ICN10) with a virtual ground-breaking ceremony, its first facility in South Korea.

Designed to accommodate 12MW of IT load, ICN10 construction has now commenced. The building will encompass over 162,000 square feet, spanning twelve floors, and sits on a 22,000 square foot land parcel within the newly developed urban planning zone Sangam Digital Media City in northwest Seoul.

“Our investment in South Korea is an important milestone on our global platform roadmap, adding coverage, capacity and connectivity capabilities to enable our customers’ digital transformation strategies while demonstrating our commitment to supporting customers’ future growth on PlatformDIGITAL,” said A. William Stein, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Realty.

“The current pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital transformation and adoption of cloud services across the world.  Customers in the Asia Pacific region are set to gain from our new ICN10 facility, as they ramp up their own digitalization efforts.”

As Digital Realty’s first carrier-neutral facility in South Korea, the data center marks a significant expansion of PlatformDIGITAL™ across Asia Pacific, and will provide connectivity with a community of domestic and internal bandwidth and data service providers, internet transit, and multiple internet access services.

“South Korea is one of the key digital hubs in the APAC region with a major focus on digital technology and solutions,” said Mark Smith, Managing Director APAC for Digital Realty.

“Applications such as big data, artificial intelligence, 5G mobile services and the internet of things are already gaining momentum.  South Korea is also one of the fasting growing data center markets in the region and a strategic market for us to enter as the first global provider to build from the ground up.”

The new Seoul data center is expected to be ready in Q4 2021, strengthening Digital Realty’s presence within the Asia Pacific region, where the company currently operates a network of data centers located in Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne.