At a Glance: The key LatAm datacenter projects

According to the platform Datacenter Map, there are currently 103 collocation datacenters in South America and 33 in Central America, including Mexico. Brazil accounts for the vast majority of them (49), while Argentina, Chile and México have 14, 11 and 10 respectively.

Cloud infra facilities are also booming in Latin America.

In a recent report, GlobalData predicts that the Latin American cloud computing services market will expand at a 22.4% CAGR from 2019 to 2023, driven primarily by rising demand for hybrid cloud solutions under the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model.

By 2023, IaaS will have exceeded Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications to represent 49.1% of the region’s cloud market, according to GlobalData. This will be fueled by the growing presence of global cloud infrastructure providers such as Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and AWS, it adds.

BNamericas outlines some of the major datacenters projects to look at in the region in the following list:


Brazil-based datacenter company Ascenty, controlled by US group Digital Realty, is set to make its debut in Mexico after launching its first datacenter in Chile.

The company, which has a total of 18 datacenter projects (active or under construction) in Brazil, announced the construction of two facilities in Mexico. There are no firm launch dates for the sites as yet.

Ascenty also announced a second datacenter in Chile, which is expected to be activated in the second half of 2021

Specific capex figures were not presented for the Mexican and Chilean projects, but Ascenty usually invests around 150-200mn reais (US$47mn) in site construction.

Also in Mexico, in January data interconnection company Equinix concluded the acquisition of three datacenters from Mexican telco Axtel for US$175mn, as it ups its ante in the Latin American collocation market.

Including current expansion projects, Equinix has invested more than US$500mn in its Latin American operations, including Brazil, Colombia and now Mexico.

The company reports 85 International Business Exchange (IBX) datacenters in North and South America, principally in Brazil, Canada and the US.



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