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Facebook said interested in setting up data center in Changhua

Facebook said interested in setting up data center in Changhua

Facebook is evaluating potential sites for new data centers and has shown interested in a piece of land next to the Taiwan high-speed rail station in Changhua County, County Magistrate Wei Ming-ku said Tuesday.

At the opening ceremony of the Changhua high-speed rail station on Tuesday, Wei said the county government would work with related agencies to solve power and water supply problems to attract the potential investment.

According to Wei, Facebook is planning to invest NT$10 billion (about US$300 million) to set up a data center that will need six hectares of land in its initial phase and a total of 20 hectares over the longer term to allow for expansion.

Local media reported that consulting firms working on behalf of the online social networking service have visited Changhua to evaluate sites, but Facebook did not confirm the news.

"We are always evaluating potential sites for a new data center,"it said in a statement. "We are open to many options and want to do what is best for our users, advertisers and developers."

Facebook set up its Taiwan branch in Taipei in December 2014 with capital of NT$3 million (about US$95,200), according to the Department of Commerce under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

According to Facebook's 2015 third quarter report, there are 13 million active Facebook users in Taiwan per month, with 12 million of them connecting to the site via mobile devices.

Changhua County is already home to another international Internet giant. Google invested US$600 million to set up a data center in the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park in 2013.

The establishment of the new data center in Taiwan has given the search engine an additional site for backing up data and can accelerate the search speed of its users in Taiwan. (By Jeffrey Wu and Lillian Lin)

Updated : 2021-09-24 08:53 GMT+08:00