Google launches third data centre in Singapore

Google has opened up their third data centre in Singapore. The facility arrived two years late, however, it is their biggest development yet. The company has said this week that the data centres represent a long-term investment in Singapore of $850 million. This allows more investments to be put back into the economy and the community. The new facility aims to support 2.5 billion people in the region. Google has hit an important milestone this week as this is the third data centre facility completed and in operation in Jurong.

The first data centre in Singapore opened it’s doors in 2013, which proved to be a massive success and created hope for further data centres to develop. The second facility followed shortly after in 2015, which came online in 2017. The president of Google Asia-Pacific discussed his confidence in Singapore’s technology and leadership for the region and the world. Singapore is well-placed to capitalise on opportunities from Southeast Asia’s fast-growing digital economy, even amid global economic and geopolitical challenges, as presented by Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong.

As mentioned above the facility had a temporary pause from 2019 as no new data centres were allowed to be completed. However, in January 2022 Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry announced that the moratorium would be lifted shortly, allowing the data centre to be completed. The completion has allowed new opportunities and expansion in other sectors in Singapore. On top of the new data centre, Google is celebrating their 15th anniversary in Singapore and has pledged $1 million to Mandi Nature, to help address the climate crisis in Southeast Asia. Goggle’s collaborations also include the recent announcement that Google Cloud and the Monetary Authority of Singapore will work together to foster new climate finance solutions.


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