Google intends to invest $600 million in Taiwan data center

By Nicel Jane Avellana

Dec 11, 2013 02:30 AM EST

Google said it would be doubling its planned investment in its Taiwan data center to $600 million so it can serve the needs of the fastest growing technology consumer markets in the world, a Reuters report said.

In a statement, Joe Kava said, "While we've been busy building, the growth in Asia's Internet has been amazing. The number of Internet users in India doubled, from 100 million to 200 million. It took six years to achieve that milestone in the U.S." Kava is the Vice President of Data Centers for Google.

Google has opened two data centers in Asia, the first for Google in the region. Aside from the data center in Taiwan, Google also has another data center in Singapore. Kava believes that the growth will most likely not slow down for some time since most of the people who still use the Internet live in Asia. Google also said the Asian data centers will enable the firm to give faster and more reliable services to the region's users.

Kava said about the growth of mobile internet in Asia, "Between July and September of this year alone, more than 60 million people in Asia landed on the mobile internet for the first time. That's almost two Canadas, or three Australias."

According to a report on BBC News, the fast growth of internet users in Asia has made it a key market for Internet companies. The world's biggest Internet market is China, which has the largest economy in Asia, boasting of over 500 million internet users, the report added.

India, the second most populated country in the world, has also seen a rise in its Internet users to 200 million in just a span of two years. Google said it took six years to attain a similar growth in the US, the report said.

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