14 December 2020

Japanese tech giant invests in ‘Digital Dagenham’ with opening of new data center

  • Global technology company, NTT’s new data center is a milestone in their £500m UK investment plan
  • Investment will help to support the creation of up to 100 jobs in Dagenham, London
  • Further sites in the coming year will include the opening of Hemel Hempstead 4 Data Center, NTT’s seventh data center in the UK
LONDON, United Kingdom –14 December 2020 – Today major Japanese global technology services provider NTT Ltd., announces the opening of a new data center, in Dagenham, East London, expecting to create 100 jobs in a boost to London’s technology sector. The ‘London 1’ data center is the latest addition to its growing portfolio, which includes five other data center in the UK in Hemel Hempstead and Slough. The site is also a location of historic innovation; Winston Churchill benefitted from penicillin developed on the site by May and Baker during World War II, and the famous Ford car factory was adjacent.

London 1 Data Center opens as part of NTT’s ongoing £500 million data center investment plan and highlights its commitment to the UK’s digital and tech industry.

The Department for International Trade has provided extensive support for the company throughout the investment process, connecting the business with government and providing information on the Technology and Data Center markets in the UK, skills and training, and smart cities opportunities. The department will continue to provide support for expansion of NTT Ltd.’s data center portfolio in the UK as they look to secure additional facilities to meet growing demand.

This investment closely follows the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement agreed in September, which brings together two of the world’s most technologically advanced nations, placing the UK at the forefront of shaping new global standards on digital trade. It also follows the major investment by US property developer Hackman Capital Partners in a Hollywood-style film production complex in Dagenham – across the road from the London 1 data center.

Jason Goodall, CEO, NTT Ltd. said:

“This milestone data center and large investment shows our commitment to the UK market as well as the demand from our customers for sustainable, secure and scalable data center. We are headquartered in the UK and it is fundamental to our future growth plans.”

Florian Winkler, CEO of the Global Data Centers EMEA division of NTT Ltd., said:

“We’re extremely proud to be opening London 1 Data Center and investing in the next era of innovation in Dagenham. UK data centers are a critical enabler of global business and ensure business continuity 365 days a year. The pandemic has demonstrated the vital importance of effective connectivity and reliable infrastructure for businesses to operate.”

Minister for Investment, Gerry Grimstone said:

“World-class digital infrastructure projects are fundamental to our wider digital and investment strategies. Businesses are increasingly demanding infrastructure like this to operate innovatively, securely and efficiently.

“NTT’s continued commitment to the UK will help us to build and solidify our reputation as a leader in technological innovation in the industries of the future that will help us build back better.”

The UK headquartered firm chose Dagenham for the area’s reputation as a digital and media innovation hub and its proximity to the Docklands. The Docklands is already established as the UK’s internet hub and backbone for the global internet network that facilitates the majority of the London Internet Exchange's (LINX) infrastructure. The new location in Dagenham will more than triple NTT’s UK data center footprint and be a major boost to the UK’s thriving tech industry.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council said:

“We’re delighted to welcome London 1 Data Center to our borough. This latest addition will help support East London’s emerging technological industries and provide local jobs focused on digital skills. Today’s announcement will mean Barking and Dagenham will be able to power London’s digital led economy well into the 21st century, building into our vision of a Digital Dagenham.

London 1 Data Center, when fully operational, will have 25,600 sqm of IT space and a maximum IT load of 64 MW. It will provide businesses with the best possible physical and technical infrastructure supported by N+1 UPS systems, generator backup, as well as highly redundant cooling systems. The data center also includes a Technology Experience Lab, which will be used to test new technologies and validate hybrid cloud services and innovations faster and at a lower cost.

The data center has been built with sustainability and security in mind. The latest technology removes the need for compressors and refrigerants, which can have a significant impact on global warming. Additionally, the data center will deliver a power usage effectiveness of 1.2, which is aligned with industry best practice; and uses smaller generators to generate fewer greenhouse gases. NTT will only use guaranteed renewable power throughout the site.


About the Global Data Centers division of NTT Ltd.

Global Data Centers is a division of NTT Ltd. and incorporates DPA, e-shelter, Gyron, Netmagic, NTT Indonesia Nexcenter, RagingWire and other NTT Communications group data center divisions. Our combined global platform is one of the largest in the world, with over 160 data centers spanning more than 20 countries and regions including North America, Europe, Africa and APAC.

As a neutral operator, we offer access to multiple cloud providers, a large variety of Internet Exchanges and telecommunication network providers including our own IPv6 compliant, tier 1 global IP network. Our clients benefit from tailored infrastructure and experience consistent best practices in design and operations across all of our highly reliable, scalable, and customizable data centers.

Visit us at our new website datacenter.hello.global.ntt.

About NTT Ltd.

NTT Ltd. is a leading global technology services company. Working with organizations around the world, we achieve business outcomes through intelligent technology solutions. For us, intelligent means data driven, connected, digital and secure. Our global assets and integrated ICT stack capabilities provide unique offerings in cloud-enabling networking, hybrid cloud, data centers, digital transformation, client experience, workplace and cybersecurity.

As a global ICT provider, we employ more than 40,000 people in a diverse and dynamic workplace that spans 57 countries, trading in 73 countries and delivering services in over 200 countries and regions. Together we enable the connected future.

Visit us at hello.global.ntt.

For more information about London 1 Data Center and career opportunities with NTT Ltd., please visit: https://datacenter.hello.global.ntt/location/london/london-1-data-center

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