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Google opens data centers in Taiwan and Singapore, no plans for India and China

TT Correspondent | 11 Dec 2013

Google has opened its first two data centers in Asia (Taiwan and Singapore) with no plans for world’s two most populous countries- India and China.

The reasons for this seems to be regulatory intricacies in India and cyberspace censorship in China.

Google said it will double its planned investment to $600 million for its data centre in Taiwan to cater to the world`s fastest growing technology consumer markets.

"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 US," Google's vice president of data centres, Joe Kava, said in a statement.

According to Analysys Mason, Mobile data traffic in emerging Asia-Pacific countries will likely rise 68% in 2014, well ahead of the global growth rate of 48% and the fastest growing region in the world.

He said that the cost of building the centers was one consideration for locating in Taiwan, but things like data privacy policies, a highly trained workforce and network infrastructure were equally important.