Mark Donahue Mark Donahue is an associate editor for Telephony magazine. Previously, he worked in The Associated Press’ Chicago bureau, as well as two trade publications. He graduated from...more

Colocation Defies Recession

November 24, 2009 — Despite the global capital crunch, colocation service providers worldwide have continued to invest in new capacity. Colocation service providers surveyed by TeleGeography have added 154,016 square meters (1.66 million square feet) of new space since the beginning of 2008, an increase of approximately 8.7 percent.

“Colocation expansion is not limited to any individual region or operator,” said TeleGeography analyst Jonathan Hjembo. “Colocation service providers are adding meaningful new capacity in a wide range of markets, including Washington, D.C., Amsterdam, London, Singapore, and Hyderabad.”

Nevertheless, colocation space is filling quickly. Half of the colo sites launched since the start of 2008 were more than 50 percent full by mid-year 2009. While ample capacity is available in aggregate, operators in some cities, such as London, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, reported fill rates of more than 80 percent.

Space Available in Colocation Facilities, 2009

The Colocation Database is TeleGeography’s comprehensive online guide to colocation service providers and sites around the world. The Colocation Database provides:

• Profiles of 1,787 colocation sites throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

• Concise analysis based on input from 809 site surveys.

• An intuitive search function, making it easy to search by location, colo service provider or bandwidth provider

For more information, visit, call 202-741-0020, or email

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