Facebook has picked Singapore for its first data center in Asia, announcing plans to spend $1 billion on a project that highlights its growth ambitions in the region, CNN reported on Thursday.
The company is joining other tech heavyweights like Google (GOOGL) and Microsoft (MSFT) in pouring big sums into network infrastructure in Singapore to power the online services they offer.
To deal with Singapore’s high population density, Facebook’s new data center will be 11-stories tall rather than sprawling over a wide area as its ones in the United States and other countries do.
The 170,000-square-meter (1.8-million-square-foot) facility will “support hundreds of jobs” in Singapore, the company said in a statement.
Facebook said it chose Singapore for several reasons, including the quality of the city-state’s infrastructure and workforce, and its business friendly environment.