Google Targets Asia With $300 Million Hong Kong Data Centre

Advertising giant Google has officially begun construction of its first Asia-Pacific data centre, located on the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate in Hong Kong's Kowloon.

Acquired back in September, the 2.7-hectare site will be home to an eco-friendly local data centre to improve access times for the company's customers in Asian markets - an area where the company is keen to increase its presence against local giants like Baidu.

"Building this data center in Hong Kong is an exciting step for us. More new Internet users are coming online every day here in Asia than anywhere else in the world. They are looking for information and entertainment, new business opportunities and better ways to connect with friends and family near and far," a Google spokesperson enthused about the move. "We're building this data center to make sure that our users in Hong Kong and across Asia have the fastest and most reliable access possible to all of Google's services, so they can do just that.

"We are also really excited about the facility itself. At a long-term investment cost reaching $300 million, this data center will be one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly in Asia, built to the same high standard we use around the world. It will also provide jobs for around 25 full time Googlers along with a number of part and full time contractors, in a variety of roles including computer technicians, electrical and mechanical engineers and catering and security staff."

Thus far, Google has not indicated a time scale for completion of construction beyond a rough target of 'early 2013.'