United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Home to London, Europe's major financial and services hub, the United Kingdom is also a major interconnection hub between North America and Europe. The UK has over 51 undersea cables, making it the focal point for many of the world's submarine communications cables of which majority are digital optical fibre cables.
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Market Overview
Market Overview

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.

Data Center & Telecommunications Economy

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.

Data Center Markets

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 467 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 4,021 service providers.

Energy Distribution

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 2.20, with the average PUE for British data centers sitting at 1.37. The United Kingdom's colocation facilities provide over 1723.73 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 1.50 kW to 8.00 kW.

Cloudscene British Facts

  • Total number of British data centers: 467
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 4,021
  • Total number of network fabrics: 29
  • Latest British data center added: London
  • Latest British data centers service provider: Vantage Data Centers
  • Number of certified colocation facilities in the United Kingdom: 152