Ericsson plans to build and operate three, huge data centers to serve as platforms for customer innovation and its own R&D. Together, the three facilities will measure 120,000 square meters (1.3 million square feet), approximately the size of 14 football fields.
Two of the new data centers will be in Sweden (Stockholm and Linköping), while the third one will be built in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The company expects that innovative design will reduce energy consumption by 40% compared to typical data centers. The two ICT Centers in Sweden will begin initial operations from end of 2013 and from end of 2014 respectively and the North American ICT Center from early 2015.
Ericsson is planning to invest SEK 7 billion (US$1.06 billion) in the project over a period of five years..
The new centers will house the company's complete portfolio, enabling the R&D organization to develop and verify solutions, creating the foundation for the next generation technology and cloud-based services.
"The new ICT Centers are examples of Ericsson's passion for driving the development of the industry. Great ideas come from collaboration, and at these centers we will push the boundaries of possibility on next generation technology and services. Flexibility enabled by new ways of working will realize innovation faster to the market and to our customers," said Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson.