The France data center is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.7 % over the forecast period 2020 to 2025. The rapid penetration of the internet and smartphone has increased the usability of digital payments services across the industry and has enhanced the demand for data centers in France. Moreover, growing cloud adoption across most enterprises due to emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, big data, and blockchain across various end-users, has also impelled the market in France. The General Data Protection Regulation and the French Data Protection Authority is expected to bring more investments in data centers as it provides the protective legal framework for data storage and processing.
- France contains several data center clusters throughout the region and provides plenty of colocation opportunities. The primary data centers are in major cities such as Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, and Strasbourg. They feature rich ecosystems and state of the art equipment, ensuring maximum uptime and connectivity to over 478 service providers.
- The energy distribution is a significant aspect of data centers, and France has a good source as well as coverage of the energy sector. The country is energized by 25.4% renewable or green sources, which provides significant opportunities to the key vendors to take advantage of clean energy. Additionally, the average PUE (the ratio of the total amount of energy used by a computer data center facility to the energy delivered to computing equipment.) for French data centers is 1.39 that ranges between 1.20 and 1.80 and encourage the investers to built data center to meet the ongrowing demand.
- Furthermore, the rise of edge computing could see the advent of a rapidly growing array of smaller data centers built closer to population centers. For instance, Cellnex and Bouygues Telecom have signed a strategic agreement to invest EUR 1 billion over the next seven years until 2027. They will deploy a national fiber-optic network in France to provide mobile and fixed fiber-based connectivity and especially accelerate the roll-out of 5G in the country. It is expected to deliver an excellent quality of service to all the customers and drive the edge computing in France and boost the growth of datacenters.
Key Market Trends
Increased Internet Penetration is Expected to Drive the Market
- Rapid internet penetration in France due to the availability of bandwidth, cost-effective data plans, and increased awareness has led to digital adoption by the country. According to the Digital2020 report for France, the number of internet users in France increased by 126,000 (+0.2%) between 2019 and 2020. Currently, there are 58.03 million internet users in France as of January 2020, with 89% internet penetration.
- France ranked as the sixth biggest e-commerce market worldwide and third in Europe only after Germany and the United Kingdom. According to the Centre for Retail Research, France’s e-commerce market is expected to reach EUR 46.688 billion in 2019 due to digital savings, higher internet penetration, and stronger legal protection for buyers using debit and credit cards as a mode of payment. France has more than 120,000 active e-commerce sites, the most visited online store in the country is Amazon, with more than 15 million unique visitors per month which is extremely higher than other European countries and is expected to drive the data center market in the future.
- Moreover, Mastercard partnered with the French government to accelerate the digitization of the French economy. According to the agreement, Mastercard will spend EUR 15 million on a four-year partnership for the digital economy which will cover various strategic areas of development in line with the government’s strategic public policy regarding digitization and growth of the economy such as tourism, fintech, AI, digital identity and cybersecurity.
BFSI Sector is Expected to Drive the Market
- France has 46 million internet users, that represents 88.5% of the French population that is driving the digital revolution across industries. Banking is the most affected sector by the digital transformation of businesses and enables cost-effective earnings and saves time by automating repetitious and tedious tasks. Increased penetration of mobile phones and high-speed internet has encouraged the French people to opt for digital banking at an early stage and has led to the integration of powerful CRM and cloud tools to store and analyze data, which is expected to augment the growth of the market.
- Moreover, digital-only banks, also known as neobanks, are also redefining the future of the banking sector in France and has attracted many international established neobanks to the various cities of the country. For instance, Monese, UK based banking app, entered France’s neobank market in 2016 and currently has 800,000 current account holders combined of France and Germany, with over 200,000 sign-ups in France alone in 2019. The customer growth tripled with more than 9,000 people joining Monese every day in 2019 and is expected to exceed five million sign-ups in 2020 at the same growth rate.
- Further, France fintech companies are trying to improve financial activities such as paying, insuring, or lending to businesses and customers, with the use of technology. For instance, Shift Technology, headquartered in Paris, is creating an AI-based fraud detection SaaS+ solution that is used by more than 70 insurers globally. The company specializes in fraud detection and is also building a strong business case for claims automation and has secured almost USD 100 million funding.
- Ledger is an infrastructure solutions provider for cryptocurrencies as well as blockchain applications for individuals and companies. It provides a hardware wallet and an app to manage transactions, add cryptocurrencies, and check the balance in few clicks and has secured USD 85.1 million funding till now. All the fintech companies are expected to fuel the further digitalization of the banking sector in France that will boost the market growth in the future.
- COVID-19 pandemic has increased digital payment services and reduced the cash payments. Moreover, to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, the country has increased the payment limit from EUR 30 to EUR 50 and has encouraged the people to choose a cashless mode of payment, which is expected to drive the market in the long run.
The France data center market is highly concentrated and is dominated by a few significant players like Equinix, Inc., Interxion, DCforData, Euclyde Data Centers, and IBM Corporation. These major players, with a prominent share in the market, are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. These companies are leveraging strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market share and increase their profitability. However, with technological advancements and product innovations, mid-size to smaller companies are growing their market presence by securing new contracts and by tapping new markets.
- April 2020 - Jaguar Network launched the Business Continuity Plan to strengthens its ATLAS healthcare platform and to ensure cloud infrastructure resources are available for hospitals, laboratories, and healthcare establishments during COVID-19 as the need has increased tenfold. It had also obtained HDS certification several months ago that allows it to offer proximity solutions to meet the demanding criteria of the health world.
- March 2020 - The Banque des Territoires, Groupe IDEC, and Th?s?e Datacenter have signed a strategic partnership to build a new Tier IV shared data center campus in France. It will be located in the Seine Valley to the west of Paris and due to open in March 2021. It will cater to a top-class facility to local businesses, ensures the resilience and quality of their computer services.
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