Interxion agreed to acquire he SFR Netcenter data centre facilities in Marseille, France for approximately €45 million, of which approximately €20 million is associated with the purchase of the freehold land and buildings, and the construction of the first two phases.
When fully built out, the data centre (“MRS 1”) will provide approximately 5,700 square metres of equipped space and a minimum of 6MW of customer-available power. MRS 1, which currently serves as a transit and caching node for more than 60 network providers, has the advantage of access to the aggregation point of eight undersea cables that terminate in Marseille.
“Interxion’s investment in MRS 1 positions it at the crossroads of connectivity between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The strong network hub that is created by the aggregation of multiple undersea cable landing points connecting to terrestrial cables makes Marseille a highly attractive gateway. We have received strong interest from our connectivity, CDN, social media, and cloud customers seeking to serve the emerging markets that can be accessed by these cables. We expect to expand the existing connectivity hub in MRS 1 and to develop thriving magnetic cloud and content hubs,” said David Ruberg, Interxion Chief Executive Officer.