Princeton Digital Group (PDG), a leading data center provider in Asia, has announced its entry into Malaysia with the acquisition of 31 acres of land in Sedenak Tech Park (STeP), Johor. In a definitive agreement with JLand Group (JLG), Johor Corporation’s real estate and infrastructure arm, PDG plans to build a state-of-the-art hyperscale campus with a capacity of 150 MW. The project, named JH1, represents a significant investment of RM 2 billion (~USD 450 million) and aims to address the increasing infrastructure needs of customers in Southeast Asia.
The first phase of the development, comprising 60 MW, is scheduled to commence operations by the second quarter of 2024. PDG’s expansion into Malaysia marks its sixth country of operation, following Singapore, China, Indonesia, India, and Japan. The company aims to establish JH1 as one of the largest data center campuses in Southeast Asia, serving the growing demand for digital infrastructure in the region.
A signing ceremony took place in Kuala Lumpur, witnessed by Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Onn Hafiz bin Ghazi, Menteri Besar Johor, and Chairman of Johor Corporation. The partnership between PDG and JLG represents a strategic move to capitalize on the burgeoning data center opportunities and strengthen Johor’s position as a regional data center hub.
Datuk Syed Mohamed, President and Chief Executive of Johor Corporation and Chairman of JLG, highlighted the significance of this collaboration, stating, “At this point, the focus for JLG is expanding data center opportunities as investors and operators are prioritizing the sector’s fast-growing prospects. Through our integrated offerings at Sedenak Tech Park (STeP), we remain committed to strengthening Johor’s position as a regional data center hub given its capability to meet the accelerating demand. PDG’s entry into Johor and STeP is a strong validation of JLG’s strategy and offerings.”
The increasing reliance on next-generation digital tools and strategies has propelled the demand for reliable, smart, and resilient data storage. To meet this demand, Datuk Syed Mohamed emphasized the importance of improving the sustainability performance of data centers through advanced technologies and energy-efficient solutions. He stated, “Therefore, the drive is on for us to improve the sustainability performance of data centers through Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platforms, energy and power monitoring, and innovative cooling technologies.”
Rangu Salgame, Chairman & CEO of Princeton Digital Group, expressed enthusiasm for the company’s entry into Malaysia, highlighting its commitment to becoming the leading digital infrastructure provider in Asia. Salgame stated, “Our entry into Malaysia adds to PDG’s growing footprint in Asia, further strengthening our presence as the Pan-Asia digital infrastructure leader.”
Asher Ling, Chief Technology Officer, and Managing Director of PDG Singapore, emphasized the company’s focus on meeting hyperscaler needs and providing top-notch digital infrastructure. Ling stated, “Sedenak Tech Park with its strong power and connectivity infrastructure, and other enabling factors is the ideal site for our hyperscale development. Our data center will utilize next-generation, cutting-edge sustainable technology solutions. We are also actively collaborating with local partners and regulators to integrate renewable energy initiatives for powering our facility.”
In addition to PDG’s investment, JLG also announced the expansion of its 640-acre data center park, STeP 2, which is projected to be ready by September 2024. STeP 2, located within the larger Ibrahim Technopolis (IBTEC) development, will be powered by a solar photovoltaic farm, aligning with the Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF). Furthermore, STeP 2 aims to achieve Malaysia Digital (MD) Cyber