Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is going to be opening up their first two data centers in Asia today. The data centers are located in Taiwan and Singapore. The reason why Google likely chose these two countries rather than China or India is because of regulation issues in India and censorship in China.
The mobile data traffic in Asia-Pacific countries is expected to increase 68% in 2014, which is ahead of the global growth rate of 48%.
“While we’ve been busy building, the growth in Asia’s Internet has been amazing. The number of Internet users inIndia doubled, from 100 million to 200 million. It took six years to achieve that milestone in the U.S.,” stated Google vice president of data centers Joe Kava. “And this growth probably won’t slow for some time, since the majority of people that have yet to come online also happen to live in Asia.”
One of the reasons why they also chose Taiwan is because cost was a consideration. Google has doubled their spending in Taiwan to $600 million and is spending $120 million in Singapore. Google also decided to abandon plans to build a third data center in Hong Kong due to a lack of land.