Facebook is investing 1.4 billion Singapore dollars, converted about 874 million euros, in the construction of a data center in Singapore. It is the social network’s first own data center in Asia.
It is a data center with a surface area of 170,000 square meters, Facebook says according to Reuters. Depending on the speed of construction, the site should be operational by 2022. The data center is located near Google data centers. The search giant is also expanding its locations in Singapore with an investment of EUR 732 million.
Facebook did not yet have its own data center in Asia, while the social network does have many users there. According to the quarterly figures released by Facebook in July, there were 546 million daily active users in Asia in the second quarter of this year. That’s more than a third of the total number of active users.
Technical details about the new data center have not been disclosed. Facebook already has data centers in the US and in European countries such as Sweden and Ireland. Also, according to Reuters, work is currently underway on a data center in Denmark, which should be operational in 2020.