Facebook plans first Asia-Pacific data centre in Taiwan: Govt official

Facebook planning its first data centre in the Asia-Pacific region in Taiwan.

Reuters| Updated: Dec 02, 2015, 21:58 PM IST
Facebook plans first Asia-Pacific data centre in Taiwan: Govt official

Taipei: Facebook Inc is evaluating the possibility of investing T$10 billion ($300 million) to build its first data centre in the Asia-Pacific region in Taiwan, joining Google, an official said on Wednesday.

The centre would require 6 acres (2.43 hectares) of land, with the possibility to expand to 20 acres in the future, according to Magistrate Wei Ming-ku of Changhua County in central Taiwan.

"We`ve made all-out efforts to ensure sufficient supply of water and electricity ... We hope they will come," Wei said.

Google has built a data centre in Changhua County, partly in hopes of tapping fast-growing Asian markets.

Facebook, the world`s largest online social media network, said no decision had been made.

"As a global company working to connect billions of people around the world, we are always evaluating potential sites for new data centres, but we don`t have anything to announce at this time," a Facebook spokeswoman said in an email.

It would be Facebook`s first data centre in Asia, following four others in the United States and one in Sweden, Taiwanese media reported.