The AustralAsia market has been characterized by a massive amount of growth in a relatively short amount of time. Since 2007, it has been one of the busiest regions in the entire world – though recently it has slowed down.
Figure 75 – Systems in Service – AustralAsia
Growth from 2001 to 2005 was negligible, and while there was a moderate amount of activity in 2006, the real growth spurt occurred from 2008 to 2009. (Figure 75) The biggest factor contributing to growth in the region is emerging markets in Southeast Asia, with countries such as Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong being the recipients of new data center growth as mentioned in section 1.2.3 of this report.
The industry crash of the early 2000s certainly influenced the later timing of the region’s boom, but the rising markets of Southeast Asia and their ardent desire for international connectivity largely overrode such concerns. The widespread adoption of mobile and cloud services throughout the region combined with the recent surge of data center and OTT provider driven systems promises to sustain growth in the region for the foreseeable future. The region should continue to enjoy this steady growth for at least the next year as all four systems planned for 2020 are likely to be implemented.
It is important to note that at this time last year, eight systems were planned for the next two years in the AustralAsia region compared to only four systems for 2020 and none for 2021 and beyond. This reinforces the view that the AustralAsia region is beginning to slow down from its historically rapid growth.
8.4.2 Future Systems
Table 10: AustralAsia Planned Systems