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Shenzhen 5 Data Center Enters Service Ahead of Schedule
- A Leading Cloud and Internet Company Commences Operations at the Facility -

SHANGHAI, China, July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GDS Holdings Limited ("GDS Holdings", "GDS" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:GDS), a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centers in China, today announced that Phase 1 of its Shenzhen 5 ("SZ5") data center has entered service one quarter ahead of schedule.

Strategically located in the northern part of Shenzhen, SZ5 has a total IT capacity of 10,000 sqm and is one of the largest edge data center facilities in China. The Company acquired SZ5 while it was still under construction in March 2017. Phase 1 of SZ5, comprising 5,000 sqm of IT capacity, is 100% committed by one of the leading cloud and internet companies in China. This customer has commenced operations at the facility.

"We are very pleased to have brought Phase 1 of SZ5 into service a full quarter ahead of schedule, thus enabling one of China's leading cloud and internet companies to accelerate its deployment at the facility," stated Mr. William Huang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDS Holdings. "It is rare to find a data center like SZ5 with its substantial size, power capacity and strategic location. It is ideal for today's hyper-scale advanced customers and a valuable addition to our portfolio of high-performance data centers in the Tier 1 market of Shenzhen. We also have strong demand in hand for Phase 2 of the facility."

About GDS Holdings Limited

GDS Holdings Limited (Nasdaq:GDS) is a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centers in China. The Company's facilities are strategically located in China's primary economic hubs where demand for high-performance data center services is concentrated. The Company's data centers have large net floor area, high power capacity, density and efficiency, and multiple redundancy across all critical systems. GDS is carrier and cloud neutral, which enables customers to connect to all major PRC telecommunications carriers, and to access a number of the largest PRC cloud service providers, whom GDS hosts in its facilities. The Company offers colocation and managed services, including a unique and innovative managed cloud value proposition. The Company has a 16-year track record of service delivery, successfully fulfilling the requirements of some of the largest and most demanding customers for outsourced data center services in China. The Company's base of customers consists predominantly of large Internet companies, financial institutions, telecommunications and IT service providers, and large domestic private sector and multinational corporations.

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For investor and media inquiries, please contact: GDS Holdings Limited Laura Chen Phone: +86 (21) 5119 6989 Email: ir@gds-services.com The Piacente Group, Inc. Ross Warner Phone: +86 (10) 5730-6200 Email: GDS@tpg-ir.com Alan Wang Phone: +1 (212) 481-2050 Email: GDS@tpg-ir.com

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