AMSTERDAM -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- INTERXION HOLDING NV (NYSE:INXN), a leading European provider of cloud and carrier-neutral colocation data centre services, today announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase the SFR Netcenter data centre facilities in Marseille, France. 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. The first phase of 500 square metres is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2014; the second phase, also of approximately 500 square metres, is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015.
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. In addition to purchasing the land, buildings, and data centre equipment, Interxion has entered into a contract with SFR that provides immediate, direct access to the existing community of network providers and cable operators. Contractual arrangements also provide for transitional services between Interxion and SFR, as well as for SFR to transfer to Interxion the majority of the space in the facility that it currently occupies or sub-leases.
“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. “The purchase of MRS 1 is consistent with Interxion’s strategy of deploying capital in a disciplined manner to meet strong customer demand, secure magnetic customers, and develop communities of interest that enable us to achieve attractive long-term returns.”
The purchase is scheduled to complete in the third quarter of 2014. Capital expenditure associated with the purchase and construction of MRS 1 is expected to be 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.
Interxion (NYSE: INXN) is a leading provider of cloud and carrier-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, serving a wide range of customers through 37 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy-efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With connectivity provided by more than 500 connectivity providers and 20 European Internet exchanges across its footprint, Interxion has created cloud, content, finance and connectivity hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest. For more information, please visit www.interxion.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the difficulty of reducing operating expenses in the short term, inability to utilise the capacity of newly planned data centres and data centre expansions, construction delays with respect to newly planned data centres and data centre expansions, significant competition, the cost and supply of electrical power, data centre industry over-capacity, performance under service-level agreements, and other risks described from time to time in Interxion's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Estimates of capital expenditure and equipped space are approximate and may change. Capital expenditure reflects the total for the listed project at full power and capacity and may not be all invested in the current year. Interxion does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.