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Facebook picks Singapore for its 1st data center in Asia

This photo taken in March 2018 shows the signboard of Facebook Inc. at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California. (Kyodo)

SINGAPORE (Kyodo) -- Facebook announced Thursday that it will build a S$1.4 billion (about US$1 billion) data center in Singapore, its first in Asia and 15th in the world.

The 11-story high, 170,000 square meter structure will "form part of our growing presence in Singapore and across Asia," Facebook said in a statement.

The center, which will be one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly sites in Asia, is expected to open in 2022.

"We selected Singapore for a number of reasons, including robust infrastructure and access to fiber, a talented local workforce, and a great set of community partners," it said.

Facebook said Singapore has also established policies that foster a business-friendly environment, including measures that support the enforcement of contracts and ease of construction permitting.

Data centers house critical company infrastructure such as servers and other networked computer equipment that are used to provide Facebook applications and services to users.

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