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Global Carrier-Neutral Network Operators (CNNO) Markets Report 2022: Key Players in Data Center CNNO Markets, Public CNNO Financials, and Implications

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Dublin, Nov. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Data Center Spending Surges in Carrier-Neutral Market in 1H22" report has been added to's offering.

The publisher tracks three segments of network operators: telco, webscale, and carrier-neutral (CNNO).

The CNNO market is by far the smallest, accounting for 2.2% of 2017-21 combined operator revenues, and 6.1% of combined capex. However, CNNOs are essential for the efficient functioning of operator markets. CNNOs help lower the cost of building and operating networks for telcos and webscalers, and accelerate their time to market.

CNNOs also do much more than simply rent out space or capacity on neutral platforms. Increasingly they are investing in technology, for instance data center interconnect. Further, they provide electricity and other utilities to their customers, and as such are central to the sustainability concerns of the operator industry.

Within the CNNO market, there are three types of infrastructure focus: towers, data centers, and fiber/bandwidth. Many CNNOs own and operate two or all three of these infra types. Over time this integrated approach to CNNO infrastructure is becoming more common.

As was argued in a July 2021 report: "a new breed of integrated owners of infrastructure network assets will emerge over the next 2-3 years, converging towers, data centers, and fiber networks." This convergence is indeed occurring. However, data centers are the hot spot at the moment.

There is significant new investment into CNNO data centers from asset management and real estate firms, and there is a lot of M&A activity in the DC market aimed at building bigger portfolios. Some of the investment targets so-called "hyperscale" facilities designed for the needs of the largest Internet companies, such as the cloud providers which were tracked in the webscale market; other investment is aimed at smaller facilities at the edge of the network, serving a wider range of customers including mobile operators.

The publisher has reviewed first half 2022 earnings and market activity in the CNNO space to gauge market directions for data center-focused CNNO platforms. Spending outlook is generally modest for the key public CNNOs, but private asset management companies - plus DigitalBridge, a now-public CNNO with a private equity past - continue to make splashy announcements and acquisitions in the sector.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Summary

2 Key players in data center CNNO markets

3 Public CNNO financials

4 Implications

Companies Mentioned

  • 21Vianet

  • American Tower

  • AT&T

  • AtlasEdge

  • Blackstone Group

  • Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

  • ChinData

  • Cogent

  • Colony Capital

  • CoreSite

  • CyrusOne

  • Cyxtera

  • DataBank

  • DigiPlex

  • Digital Realty

  • DigitalBridge

  • DuPont Fabros

  • Entel

  • EQT

  • Equinix

  • Evoque Data Centers

  • Gaw Partners

  • GDS

  • GI Partners

  • Goldman Sachs

  • ICONIQ Capital

  • Infomart

  • Interxion

  • IPI Partners

  • Iron Point Partners

  • Keppel DC REIT

  • KKR

  • Macquarie Capital

  • MainOne


  • Patria Investments

  • QTS Realty

  • Scala Data Centers

  • Stack Infrastructure

  • Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

  • Sunevision

  • Supernap Italia

  • Swiss Life

  • Switch

  • T5 Data Centers

  • Vantage Data Centers

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