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Telia boosts data center capacity as artificial intelligence increases data center capacity needs

Telia boosts data center capacity as artificial intelligence increases data center capacity needs

3.5.2024 – Search engines and other online services are increasingly making use of artificial intelligence. This increases the need for data center capacity.

Search engines and other online services are increasingly making use of artificial intelligence. The proliferation of AI services increases the need for data center capacity in the Nordic countries by around 30% per year. For example, online search using AI is estimated to require at least 5 to 10 times more power than a traditional Google search. Telia Helsinki Data Center is currently building 4 MW of additional capacity.

“AI computing consumes a lot of electricity. Our challenge is to get all that electricity delivered to a very small space and then remove the resulting heat from the space in a controlled manner. The heat collected from the data center is transferred to the district heating network for distribution to thousands of homes and other properties in Helsinki,” says Matti Tella, Head of Telia Helsinki Data Center.

Our challenge is to get all that electricity delivered to a very small space and then remove the resulting heat from the space in a controlled manner.

Matti Tella, Head of Telia Helsinki Data Center

Telia Helsinki Data Center was built in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki, in 2018 to provide colocation (server) facilities for various customers. Right from the start, the 34,000 square metre data center was designed to be adaptable and as energy-efficient as possible.

“With the modular design, we ensured that the data center could be expanded as the world and our customers’ need change,” says Telia’s Global Sector Lead Michael Holm.

With the growth of AI services, there are new types of operators in need of data center capacity.

“On the AI front, there are many new players whose data center power requirements have suddenly increased to tens of megawatts. That means hundreds of new racks and an investment of tens of millions of euros,” says Holm.

In response to the increased use of artificial intelligence and other new network services, Telia Helsinki Data Center is currently building 4 MW of additional capacity, to be completed in early 2025.

With the modular design, we ensured that the data center could be expanded as the world and our customers’ need change.

Michael Holm, Telia’s Global Sector Lead

According to Jari Innanen, Business Director at Granlund, the data processing needs of AI are predicted to increase the capacity of data centers enormously and at an accelerating pace.

According to Innanen, in future investments, the data centers will have to adapt their space use in order to achieve more power per floor square meter. “The versatility brought about by modularity provides a good basis for increasing power capacity.”

Granlund acts as a design partner for Telia’s data centre projects. Changes are often required to cooling solutions and electricity distribution methods, for example.

Additional information

Jari Innanen, Granlund
firstname.lastname@granlund.fi, +358 (0)50 563 8233

Michael Holm, Telia Helsinki Data Center
michael.z.holm@teliacompany.com, +358 (0)40 302 7248

In recent years, Telia has evolved from a traditional telecoms operator into a modern technology and media company offering a wide range of telecoms, IT and digital services to its millions of consumer and business customers. Telia has 4,000 employees and nearly 4.5 million subscribers in Finland. Every year, Telia spends around EUR 200 million on building telecommunications networks in Finland.  Telia Finland is part of Telia Company, which operates in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Telia Company’s net sales in 2023 were EUR 8.4 billion. The company is committed to achieving net zero emissions across its value chain by 2040. 

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