PLDT Inc. through its subsidiary ePLDT, Inc. is planning to scale up the capacity of its data centers in the country, the company’s president said.

“We are in the planning stage for the next wave of data centers. We are in the process of engaging data center designers, we are engaging contractors already to understand how to build world class data center facilities,” Victor S. Genuino, president and chief executive officer of ePLDT, told reporters last week.

ePLDT, through its data center unit VITRO, Inc., is on track to open its hyperscale data center in Sta. Rosa Laguna by July, the company said.

The 50-megawatt (MW) data center is the 11th data center of PLDT.

“So, our existing data center footprint now for our 10 data centers is around close to 50 MW combined in terms of total facility load. The Sta. Rosa facility alone will be an additional 50 MW,” Mr. Genuino said.

Earlier, the company said that for its planned 12th data center it may double the capacity of Vitro Sta. Rosa.

“We need to understand that the data center industry is undergoing a huge transformation. We feel that there’s a room for us to still build data center capacity to be ahead of the curve,” he said.

Mr. Genuino also said the company is currently engaging with data center designers to put up two more data centers.

“We are in site selection for data center 13 and 14. We are engaging different contractors already to understand how to build world-class data center facilities,” he added.

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