PLDT, through its digital business arm ePLDT, has just announced that it is set to build a new hyperscale, network-neutral data center facility in Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines.

Currently, ePLDT operates 10 data centers in the Philippines under the brand of ePLDT VITRO, however, the new Tier-3 data center marks the company’s first hyperscale facility in the country and the first of a series of hyperscale data centers totaling a power capacity of 100MW which PLDT plans to roll-out over the medium term.

“As the demand for digital [infrastructure] just keeps growing, we have the ready facilities and we continue to expand our data centers to accommodate that demand to ensure that we are able to keep up and deliver future requirements,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, President of PLDT.

“PLDT and ePLDT have longstanding relationships with global hyperscalers, so we do understand deeply their requirements. We have elevated our infrastructure design, our operating practices, and business models in our existing data centers according to what they need, and VITRO Sta. Rosa’s design and operations will be very well-suited to hyperscaler standards,” said Jojo Gendrano, First Vice President at PLDT.

According to PLDT, the new VITRO Sta. Rosa facility is designed based on LEED standards, and expected to implement sustainability practices in supply, and building operations including rainwater collection, wastewater reuse, renewable energy use, and lowest realistic power usage effectiveness (PUE) for the Philippines. Also, the data center development includes the construction of an on-site Meralco power substation interconnected to several other substations to enhance power supply.

This project was first announced in October 2021, when PLDT stated that it plans to build its first hyperscale data center in the Philippines, a carrier-neutral facility that is expected to serve the massive power and IT requirements of global hyperscalers. With the most recent announcement, the new VITRO Sta. Rosa data center will be the flagship hyperscale facility at PLDT’s five-hectare campus site in Laguna.