Dec 12, 2013

    Google opens first 2 Asia data centres


    GOOGLE opened its first two data centres in Asia yesterday to cater to the world's fastest-growing consumer-technology markets, but the company has no plans to open one in China or India.

    Choosing Taiwan and Singapore instead illustrates the problem that tech companies face in trying to feed data demand in the world's two most-populous countries: With regulations in flux in India and cyberspace censorship in China, Google had to look next door.

    Mobile data traffic in emerging Asia-Pacific countries, the fastest-growing region in the world, will likely rise 68 per cent next year, well ahead of the global growth rate of 48 per cent, according to Analysys Mason, a research consultancy.

    While Google invited executives and the media to celebrate its Taiwan opening yesterday, the Singapore launch received no such fanfare.

    The company has expressed concern over a Singapore regulation announced in May that requires certain websites that regularly report on Singapore to be licensed.

    Google also announced it has abandoned plans to build a third data centre in Hong Kong, citing, primarily, a lack of land.