Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. It is present in 21 countries and has more than 350 million customers worldwide. It relies on the best fixed, mobile and broadband networks, as well as innovative digital services offered with the goal of becoming ‘Onlife Telco’, a company that promotes connections in life so that people choose from a world of infinite possibilities. Telefónica has completed more than 22 years in Peru, operating commercially under the trademarks Movistar and Tuenti, which have 21 million accesses. Also, since it began its operations in Peru, the Telefónica Group has invested more than $9.2 billion in telecommunications infrastructure to unite the Peruvians with more communication.
Quickly building a highly reliable data centre to support cloud service development is now the primary challenge for Telefónica Perú
• Asset reuse enables fast rollout
The traditional style data centre requires a very large one-time investment and a long construction period. Therefore, this doesn’t meet Telefónica’s current business development needs. The task at hand for Telefónica Perú was to quickly build a high-quality, highly-reliable data centre which can support the rapid development of cloud services and improve profitability.
After analysing the end users’ business needs and considering local conditions, Telefónica decided to transform an existing central office in the Lince district of Lima, Peru into a data centre. This method reuses existing assets, reduces CAPEX, and shortens the construction period.
• Highly reliable system design matches service requirements
Telefónica uses the Uptime Tier III standard, which involves online maintenance and 99.98% availability. Aside from infrastructure requirements such as power supply, cooling, and diesel generator, it is also necessary to consider the layout of existing buildings as well as other factors such as load bearing and reinforcement, all of which makes the design more difficult.
• Integration improves efficiency and quality
A data centre has multiple subsystems with which there is a high degree of coupling so redeveloping an existing building is complex. To ensure the efficiency and quality of the project, Telefónica sought a trusted integrator as a partner to manage and coordinate multiple equipment suppliers and construction subcontractors. In view of Huawei’s strong record of global data centre experiences, cooperation locally and rich experience in delivering integrated projects in Peru, Telefónica decided to work with Huawei to ensure the successful delivery of this project.
Huawei’s data centre integration services allows for the fast construction of a high-quality data centre
The data centre in the Lince district of Lima, Peru covers a total floor area of 6000m². It is being built in three phases and contains 584 IT cabinets with 2600kW of total IT power. Huawei adopted its integration method of construction to ensure the overall progress and quality of the project that helped Telefónica achieve high-quality and timely service rollout.
Huawei considered the structure of the existing equipment room, then optimised the layout using 3D visual design tools, greatly improving space utilisation . The data centre of the first phase can house more than 100 cabinets, increasing the space utilisation rate by about 50% compared with the 70 cabinets contained there before redevelopment.
During implementation, Huawei managed over 20 subcontractors and a total of over 120 construction workers, successfully delivering eight systems, including power supply, HVAC, and cabling. In view of the tight schedule of the project and the complicated construction environment, Huawei optimised and verified the construction process to ensure the overall progress of the project.
Telefónica Perú chose Huawei’s integration delivery services, which greatly improved the delivery efficiency of the Lince data centre project. The first phase of the project was delivered with high quality within five months and passed acceptance at the first attempt, shortening the service rollout time by 15% and greatly increasing ROI.
After the first phase of the Lince data centre was completed, Pedro Planas, CTO of Telefónica Perú, spoke highly of Huawei’s data centre integration solution. He said: “Huawei is a trustworthy partner for Telefónica Perú since it has strong end-to-end integration capabilities from design to delivery and can help develop Telefónica’s cloud business.”
Highly reliable data centre helping develop enterprise cloud services
Currently, the Lince data centre project has successfully obtained Uptime TIER III design certification. Multiple enterprises from financial, municipal, mass transit, and other industries are interested in joining the Lince data center because of its high reliability. The completion of the Lince data centre has laid an important foundation for Telefónica’s cloud service development and ICT transformation in Peru. In addition, the Lince data centre enables the government, the financial sector, and enterprises to focus on innovation with the help of Telefónica’s reliable and high-quality cloud services, bringing fast and professional services to people in Peru.
Yang Weijun, president of Huawei’s Latin America Carrier BG, said that through cooperation in the Lince data centre project, both Huawei and Telefónica Perú have made great gains. In helping a customer lay the foundations of their cloud strategy, Huawei has also accumulated valuable experience. Huawei signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Uptime in 2015 and is a founding member of the Uptime Institute in the Asia-Pacific region.
Up to now, Huawei has helped global carriers build 830 data centres, including more than 180 data centre facility projects, of which nearly 20 data centres passed Uptime Tier design and construction certification. All those cases have highlighted that Huawei has the ability and confidence to help Latin American carriers succeed in the fast-changing information age.