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Facebook says it plans to strengthen its presence in Southeast Asia and beyond by investing US$1 billion (S$1.4 billion) in a new data centre in Singapore – its first in Asia – expected to open in 2022.

The Singapore centre will span 170,000 sq. m with 11 storeys. It will be built on Tanjong Kling, an area already known as “Singapore Data Centre Park” not far from where Google has two such facilities.

Facebook’s facility will “support hundreds of jobs”, the firm said in a press release. Not only is it already hiring for its ‘”Data Centre Operations Team”, it will generate “thousands of construction jobs” and other operational as well as logistical jobs, said Thomas Furlong, Facebook’s VP for Infrastructure Data Centers at a press event, according to Channel NewsAsia.