Facebook to invest more than $1 billion in its 1st data center in Singapore, Asia

The expansion comes midst increased demand for cloud and mobile computing and e-commerce from countries across Asia.

On Thursday, Facebook disclosed it would sink in more than $1 billion in its first data center in Asia which will be located in Singapore. It is slated to open in 2022.

Facebook’s data center will be located close to Google’s data center in Singapore located in the west side of the island. Google has invested $850 million in expanding its Singapore data centers. The expansion comes in the wake of increased demand for e-commerce, mobile computing and cloud computing across countries in Asia.

“This will be our first data center in Asia,” said Thomas Furlong, Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure data centers, at a press conference.

According to a statement by the social media giant, its 170,000 square meter data center represents an investment of more than $1 billion (S$1.4 billion) and would support hundreds of jobs.

Facebook has a number of data centers in the Sweden, the U.S. and Ireland. It is in the process of building one in Denmark.

“The data center isn’t country specific to where users are located…it’s a dynamic process,” said Furlong.

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