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European(FLAP) Colocation quarterly report for Q3 2018

Source: CBRE Q4 report

The Colocation Markets Quarterly report for Q3 2018 reveals that data centre supply remains very strong in the Frankfurt – London – Amsterdam – Paris (“FLAP”) market even if there was a slight loss in momentum in the same period due to reduced activity over the summer period.

The top Colocation providers Digital Realty, Equinix, Interxion & Global Switch – are all expanding strongly within the FLAP markets. Although the report focuses around the four major European countries.

C-Level experts across the industry are talking of the same trends across the non FLAP counties and even higher expansion statistics  within the Nordic regions.

As we publish this article, Equinix have just recently confirmed that they are to build a new Data Centre in Helsinki, Finland which is expected to go live in Q2 2019.

US Aquisitions

The report subsequently highlights market entry in Europe by major players in the US. Equinix confirms Helsinki data center to go live in Q2 2019 One of the main presence’s being EdgeConnex acquiring the  LinxDataCentre facility in Warsaw, Poland.

CyrusOne taking the Zenium Facility in London & Berlin, along with Iron Mountain in Acquiring EVO switch in Amsterdam bringing a completely new era of Data Centre felicity investments..

Flap Market Growth

The FLAP markets grew rapidly in size by 95MW in H1 2018 and CBRE forecasts another 82MW will be delivered in H2. This total of 177MW of projected new supply in the year will require over €1.1bn of capital expenditure to supply and deliver.

The high demand for a significant amount of finance provides investors with a bona fide opportunity to access the sector through a development route at the same time as allowing high level developers to benefit from a low cost of capital to bankroll projects, given the competition among the investor community for each situation.


It was recently reported in Data Economy, that the current sales process of the colocation data centre DigiPlex is believed to have attracted over than 100 expressions of interest, with a wide variety of investment traders and financial buyers from European, US, and Asian firms.

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