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December 11, 2013

Google opens data centres in Asia

Taiwan and Singapore bases should help company grow in region, it said.

By Joe Curtis

Google has opened its first ever Asian data centres.

The search engine giant hopes the centres will help boost its growth as more and more people in Asia connect to the internet.

The centres, in Taiwan and Singapore, should help provide faster, more reliable access to Google services in the region, according to the company.

Its data centres VP, Joe Kava, wrote in a blog post: "The growth in Asia’s Internet has been amazing.

"Between July and September of this year alone, more than 60 million people in Asia landed on the mobile internet for the first time.

"And this growth probably won’t slow for some time, since the majority of people that have yet to come online also happen to live in Asia."

Asia is turning into a large market for internet companies, with a proliferation of users connecting to the web, and Google plans to invest £365m in the Taiwan data centre in total.

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