The global infrastructure investor, Actis has just announced its agreement to acquire 11 data centers from Nabiax, a European Data Center operator owned by Asterion Industrial Partners and Telefonica.

Spread across six countries in Latin America and the US, including Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and a small exposure in the US (Florida), the 11 data center locations have a combined IT load capacity of 23 MW with the potential to expand.

“We are delighted to deepen our footprint in the digital infrastructure sector with the acquisition of these anchor assets for our pan-Latam Data Centre platform. We are also excited to partner with Telefonica in the region as a key customer of the platform, while also positioning the data centers as carrier neutral facilities. Data centers are crucial in connecting communities, enabling economic growth, and in providing access to information and education,” said Mauricio Giusti, Partner in Actis’ Sao Paulo office.

As announced, Asterion Industrial Partners who acquired Telefonica’s Data Centre assets four years ago will continue to own, operate and grow the European assets, while Actis will be the new and sole owners of the data centers in the Americas.

“This is an exciting transaction reflecting Actis’ position as a global infrastructure investor. We will leverage Actis’ expertise in the energy sector to drive energy efficiencies (PUE) and to increase the use of renewable energy powering the data centers. Investing into an established, resilient business with a strong long term position fits well with our strategy,” said Adrian Mucalov, Partner and Head of Long Life Infrastructure at Actis.

According to Actis, this transaction is it seventh investment in the digital infrastructure industry, with over $1 billion (USD) currently committed in the sector, and five existing data center platforms in Asia and Africa.

Recently, AWS, the cloud service arm of Amazon, also announced that it plans $35 billion investment in Virginia, United State, for the development of data center campuses and related operations. Spanning up to 2040, the planned investment is expected to create about 1,000 total new jobs across Virginia, however, numerous localities within the state are still under consideration for the proposed data center campuses.