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Facebook announces $1bn data centre in Singapore

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Facebook has unveiled plans to build a $1 billion data centre in Singapore, the company’s first facility in Asia the OTT giant said.

The new facility, which is expected to open in 2022, will span 170,000sqm and 11-floors. It will be powered 100% by renewable energy, Facebook said, and will support hundreds of jobs in the country.

In a post, Facebook said it selected Singapore for a number of reasons, including “robust infrastructure and access to fibre, a talented local workforce, and a great set of community partners, including the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Jurong Town Corporation,” both of whom are involved in the project.

Facebook’s new site is set to use 150MW of power once fully operational, and will be the largest single data centre in Singapore, which is itself a regional hub for subsea cable systems and connectivity.

The announcement follows a decision from the Singapore government to promote high rise data centres in order to drive growth in this market. Currently, Singapore has around 87 active data centres, according to a report from 451 Research.

It will sit on the Singapore Data Center Park site, which was renamed as Tanjong Kling at the start of 2017. This site is also home to Telin Singapore’s Telin-3 facility. Singapore also serves the likes of Google, which has two data centres in the Asian country.

“This data centre, and the hardware inside, will help people stay connected with friends and family, discover what’s happening in the world, and share and express what matters to them. And we are thrilled to be building it here in Singapore,” Facebook concluded.

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