DATA CENTRE PREDICTIONS
of EdgeConneX and Adani Group ), and announcements of hyperscale data centre developments by the likes of CapitaLand , Hiranandani , NTT , and STT GDC . In fact , Mumbai , Hyderabad , Chennai , Bangalore and Delhi are already well advanced as important locations to serve the increasing Digital Transformation among the Indian domestic market and the global communications market . Mumbai , in particular , has been the premier choice for hyperscale developments due to its infrastructure availability and proximate subsea landing stations .
Ed Cooke , Founder at Conexus Law
Understanding the differences
At Conexus Law , we have recently been working for US and European based clients on the construction of hyperscale size data centre projects in India . As commercial and legal advisors specialising in technology infrastructure , one of our regular tasks is to help clients enter new markets .
This includes helping them to understand the legal , commercial and cultural differences compared to operating in their ‘ home ’ environment . We always work with local partners and it is a part of our work that we really love doing .
The Indian legal system is fashioned on English common law , but overlayed with Indian legislation and regulatory laws . Indian court judgments set precedent and so it is important to understand both the legislative and common law context in which you are working .
In our experience , most data centre construction contracts in India are either based on a bespoke form of contract or a FIDIC standard form ( usually a Yellow Book ). There are also other inevitable regional differences .
Areas to focus on
As an example , labour and the supply chain are a huge and complex area in India and we often get involved in advising
CERTAIN STATE GOVERNMENTS , SUCH AS THE STATES OF TAMIL NADU AND UTTAR PRADESH , HAVE ALREADY ANNOUNCED STATE-WIDE POLICIES TO ENCOURAGE DATA CENTRE DEVELOPMENT .
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