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Google’s first Asian data centres up and running

Google has opened its first data centres in Asia, as internet growth in the region continues at an "amazing" rate.

Home to more than half of the world's population, the ever increasing number of people connecting to the internet in Asia has made it one of the most important markets for internet companies to establish themselves.

Joe Kava, Google's vice president of data centres, said in a blogpost: "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 U.S."

The potential for more internet growth in the region is also extremely high, with less than half of its population currently online.

Google predicts that the growth will continue "for some time", with one key area of growth being in mobile internet.

"Between July and September of this year alone, more than 60 million people in Asia landed on the mobile internet for the first time," Kava said. "That's almost two Canadas, or three Australias."

The first facilities are now online in Taiwan and Singapore, which serves as the headquarters for Google's Asia Pacific operations.

The facility in Taiwan is among the "most efficient and environmentally friendly" data centres in Asia, according to Google, thanks to a unique night time cooling and thermal energy storage system.

The opening of the two centres has come earlier than expected, as initial plans predicted their completion for next year.