Synergy Research Group has revealed the growth of colocation operators such as Equinix, Digital Realty and NTT during the first quarter of 2016.
The report said total colocation revenues grew 9 percent in Q1 2016 from the first quarter of 2015.
Equinix, Digital Realty and NTT in aggregate grew by over 30 percent.
Their recent results have been boosted by Equinix’s acquisition of Telecity and Bit-isle, Digital Realty’s acquisition of Telx and NTT’s acquisition of e-shelter.
The other top ten operators grew their colocation revenues by 7 percent while the companies ranked 11-20 grew by 12 percent.
QTS, CyrusOne, CoreSite, China Telecom, DuPont Fabros and KDDI-Telehouse are within the top 20 other companies whose growth rates were well above average.
China, Japan and Germany were the major countries with the highest growth rates in colocation in Q1 2016.
Wholesale colocation revenues have been growing more rapidly than retail colocation, though in Q1 the growth rates were broadly similar.
Equinix has a strong lead in retail colocation while Digital Realty holds a similar position in wholesale colocation. Notably, Digital Realty and NTT now have significant market shares in both the retail and wholesale sectors.
“Acquisitions by the big three and a few other players are helping to slowly concentrate colocation market power in the hands of operators that can afford to build and support huge data center footprints spanning multiple regions,” said John Dinsdale, chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research Group.