The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, also known as the United Kingdom (UK), is a stable constitutional monarchy presiding over England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom has a population of over 65.76 million, and an internet literacy rate of 94.8% (61.06 million internet users). London, the capital of the United Kingdom, has been and continues to be an important financial services hub for worldwide operations and, as a result, contains the bulk of the countries data centers.
The total GDP of the United Kingdom is over US $2.86 trillion and with a contribution of 8% from the digital economy, the United Kingdom’s data center industry is thriving. Besides the United Kingdom’s data centers, the digital economy includes 31.91 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 79.47 million mobile telephone subscriptions.
The United Kingdom contains several data center clusters throughout the country providing plenty of colocation opportunities. The primary colocation data center markets in the United Kingdom are:
The United Kingdom is very well connected to North American and Europe with the majority of submarine cables landing in Cornwall. There are 452 British data centers, the majority of these colocation facilities are located in and around London. Large carrier neutral British data centers feature rich ecosystems and state of the art equipment, ensuring maximum uptime and connectivity to over 3,111 service providers.
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The top five colocation facilities in the United Kingdom are:
The top five data center operators in the United Kingdom are:
The top five cloud service providers in the United Kingdom are:
The United Kingdom has good coverage of the energy sector, which is an important attribute for any data center market. The United Kingdom is energized by 41% renewable or green sources, with the remaining provided by fossil or nuclear fuels. This gives British colocation facilities significant opportunities to take advantage of green energy. In addition to green energy, data center consumers enjoy a range of PUE scores between 1.12 and 1.85, with the average PUE for British data centers sitting at 1.34. The United Kingdom's colocation facilities provide over 1783.82 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 1.50 kW to 8.00 kW.
The United Kingdom’s communications industry is regulated by Ofcom (Office of Communications). Major players in the carrier space include:
While the top three service providers are:
There are numerous smaller providers as well.