Digital Realty and Ascenty have announced a long-term, multi-megawatt agreement with a leading global cloud provider to build a new facility in Santiago, Chile. Construction commenced immediately upon signing the agreement, and the new facility, which is expected to deliver up to 6.3 megawatts of total IT capacity, is scheduled to open in 2020. 

The new data center will be connected via an underground dark fiber network to facilitate interconnection between the data center, critical networks, cloud, and connectivity providers in a single, secure environment. 

"We are pleased to support the growth of a strategic customer as they expand into a new market," said A. William Stein, chief executive officer, Digital Realty. "Chile is one of Latin America's most developed countries, with the highest GDP per capita in Latin America, and we are well-positioned to power our customers' digital ambitions in a region poised for rapid growth." 

“This is an important milestone in our expansion as the leading provider of data center solutions in Latin America. Chile is positioned to emerge as a leading technology hub in the region, and the development of our first facility in the country will enhance our ability to meet the growing customer demand for comprehensive data center and colocation solutions in Latin America," said Chris Torto, chief executive officer, Ascenty.

Ascenty, a joint venture between Digital Realty and Brookfield Infrastructure, delivers high-speed connectivity and availability and offers new alternatives to meet corporate connectivity requirements in Latin America. Ascenty's dedicated 4,500-kilometer fiber optic network connects all the company's facilities, located in major cities in the Brazilian states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as well as Fortaleza, to leading cloud service providers, building a wide-ranging and secure interconnection platform.