September 6, 2018 / 1:27 AM / 3 months ago

Facebook to invest $1 billion in first Asian data center in Singapore

The logo of Facebook is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Facebook (FB.O) said on Thursday it will invest more than $1 billion to build its first data center in Asia in Singapore, slated to open in 2022.

Facebook’s facility will be located in the west of the island, near where Google (GOOGL.O) is expanding its Singapore data centers in an $850 million investment as mobile growth, e-commerce and cloud computing demand rise across the region.

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

He said the facility was expected to open in 2022 depending on the speed of construction.

Facebook said in a statement the 170,000 square meter facility represented an investment of more than S$1.4 billion ($1 billion) and would support hundreds of jobs.

Facebook has a number of data centers in the United States as well as Ireland and Sweden, and it is building a facility in Denmark.

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

Reporting by Fathin Ungku; Writing by John Geddie; Editing by Stephen Coates and Darren Schuettler

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