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September 10, 2012

Google to build $150m data centre in Chile

The new Chile facility is expected to be online by the end of 2013

By CBR Staff Writer

US based Internet company Google is planning to invest $150m to build its first Latin American data centre in Santiago, Chile.

The data centre will be constructed in the Quilicura municipality in the north west part of Santiago.

The data centre will provide employment to 200 workers during construction and 20 permanent members of staff after the construction, including computer technicians, engineers and catering and security staff.

Google said it already has six data centres in the US, besides one in Finland and another in Belgium.

Last year, the company has also announced its plan to build new data centres in Asia which will be located in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

The new Chile facility is expected to be online by the end of 2013 and the Hong Kong and Taiwan data centres are also expected to be brought online by next year as well as the completion of Singapore data centre.

Google said in a post to its website as Internet usage in Latin America grows, people are looking for information and entertainment, new business opportunities and better ways to connect with friends and family near and far.

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"We’re building this data center to make sure that our users across Latin America and the world have the fastest and most reliable access possible to all of Google’s services," Google said.

Keeping in view of the seismic activities in the country new data centre would use the latest technology to make it resistant to heavy earth movements.

New technology will also allow the centre to consume 50% less energy than traditional data centers.

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