11 January 2018
| James Pearce
Argentina and Chile are reportedly locked in a bidding war to become the home of Amazon Web Services’ second South American data centre, with the presidents of both countries holding talks with the company over the last few months.
Amazon is looking to add a second data centre in the region
as it expands its cloud computing footprint across the globe.
Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, said Argentina and Chile are
the two main countries in the running.
The report claims Argentine president Mauricio Macri met
with Amazon’s VP for global infrastructure
expansion, Elaine Feeney, in New York last year, while Chilean
officials also held several meetings with the firm in 2017.
This includes a visit from Chile president Michelle Bachelet to
Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle in June.
A separate source told the news agency that Amazon could
ultimately deploy a new site in both locations as it seeks to
meet a growing demand for cloud computing services. It already
runs three operational data centres in Brazil.
In 2017, Amazon Web Services signed a memorandum of
understanding with the government of Chile "to modernize
government services within the country." Reports then emerged
that it could build a data centre in the Patagonia region at
the southern end of the continent.
Chile could be of interest due to the potential development
of a subsea cable that would link the country to China
– a potential project worth up to $600 million which
was announced in June.
The 20,000km cable was unveiled by under-secretary for
telecommunications Rodrigo Ramirez at a press conference in
Santiago and would be the first to direct connect Asia with