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Karnataka to be the ‘data centre destination of choice’

[] The data centre segment in Karnataka is expected to expand exponentially, in view of a proactive policy push and owing to the enabling existing digital infrastructure in the state

Backed by its latest dedicated Data Center (DC) policy, Karnataka is set to be a premium DC destination in India and lead as one of the top digital economies in the country, as per a report by CBRE South Asia Pvt Ltd. The report, titled ‘Karnataka to be the data center destination of choice’, adds that DCs in Karnataka are expected to expand exponentially in view of a proactive policy push and owing to the enabling existing digital infrastructure in the state. The growing potential of big data, industry 4.0, 5G, and cloud computing, will drive DC demand in the state, together with the expanding Indian OTT streaming industry, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 22%-25%, and the media and entertainment industry, which is likely to grow at a CAGR of 10%-12% by 2030, as per industry estimates.

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As per the CBRE report, several factors, including technology hub, strategic location, power surplus, skilled talent, industrial growth, favorable policies, and low environmental risk, endorse Karnataka as a premium DC destination. Other government sops applicable across Karnataka, including power tariff concession, land subsidy, incentive on investments, and exemption on stamp duty, are likely to attract DCs in the state.

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The CBRE report states that several initiatives by the central government will lead to data localisation, aided by the National E-commerce Policy 2019 and Personal Data Protection Bill 2018 that would restrict cross-border data flow. Furthermore, grant of infrastructure status in budget 2022-23 will give impetus to DCs in Karnataka. Additionally, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission which aims to create one million jobs by 2025 and targets USD 150 billion in IT exports, would bolster demand for digitalisation and data storage requirements in the state, particularly in Bangalore.

Commenting on the report, Anshuman Magazine, chairman and CEO – India, South-East Asia, Middle East and Africa, CBRE, said, “Karnataka’s digital economy is bound to accelerate, and the state is being envisioned as becoming the most popular choice for setting up DCs, given the robust existing digital infrastructure besides an integrated favorable policy ecosystem and civil infrastructure. This undoubtedly positions Karnataka as a data center destination of choice that will attract investments, and Bangalore will be a dominant turf for DCs in Karnataka. The DC policy, which targets investments worth Rs 10,000 crore and aims to double the existing capacity to 200 MW by 2025, will alter the real estate contours in the state as supporting infrastructure will require to be future-ready with ESG compliance.”

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Advantage Karnataka as a technology hub

Karnataka to be the ‘data centre destination of choice’

Bangalore to lead DC growth in Karnataka

DC capacity requirements would emerge from the rapid growth of the cloud providers in the coming years, thereby, creating demand for hyper-scale DCs in Bangalore. Taking into account the city’s classification as the second-most preferred technology destination in APAC and as the knowledge capital and IT hub, which accounted for nearly 40% of India’s total software export in 2020-21, India’s Silicon Valley, Bangalore, will be the prime beneficiary of Karnataka’s DC policy. The latest CBRE Q2 research shows that Bangalore has ~100 MW of DC capacity, the second-largest in India. Moreover, Bangalore is designated among the top 30 start-up ecosystems globally. A dedicated DC policy will facilitate additional sustained institutional investment in the medium to long term and strengthen demand for DC, especially in Bangalore. As a technology, R&D, and shared services platform pioneer, Bangalore will lead in attracting operators and investor interest in the DC space. An established IT hub of India and an industrial stronghold, Bangalore is also the largest office market in the country, with about 30% of the overall leasing in the past five years.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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