Microsoft to build data center network in Malaysia for $1 billion

Microsoft’s data centers in Malaysia will offer regional cloud computing services

US software giant Microsoft will invest $1 billion over the next five years in Malaysia in a data center network in partnership with government agencies and local companies, the country’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on April 19.

It would be Microsoft’s biggest investment in Malaysia so far and is part of the government’s Bersama Malaysia initiative which grants four companies, namely Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Telekom Malaysia the rights to build and manage large data centers and provide cloud services in the country.

The government hopes that the initiative will unleash total investments of up 15 billion ringgit ($3.64 billion) over the next five years. And there is dire need for it after the country saw foreign direct investments plunge by 68 per cent last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest decline in Southeast Asia in the period.

“Game changer” for Malaysian government, businesses

“The upcoming datacenter region will be a game-changer for Malaysia,” Microsoft’s executive vice president Jean-Philippe Courtois said in a statement, adding it would enable the government and businesses to “transform” their operations.

Under the programme, Microsoft will also assist up to a million Malaysians in getting digital skills by the end of 2023.



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Microsoft's data centers in Malaysia will offer regional cloud computing services US software giant Microsoft will invest $1 billion over the next five years in Malaysia in a data center network in partnership with government agencies and local companies, the country’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on April 19. It would be Microsoft’s biggest investment in Malaysia so far and is part of the government’s Bersama Malaysia initiative which grants four companies, namely Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Telekom Malaysia the rights to build and manage large data centers and provide cloud services in the country. The government hopes that the...

Microsoft’s data centers in Malaysia will offer regional cloud computing services

US software giant Microsoft will invest $1 billion over the next five years in Malaysia in a data center network in partnership with government agencies and local companies, the country’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on April 19.

It would be Microsoft’s biggest investment in Malaysia so far and is part of the government’s Bersama Malaysia initiative which grants four companies, namely Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Telekom Malaysia the rights to build and manage large data centers and provide cloud services in the country.

The government hopes that the initiative will unleash total investments of up 15 billion ringgit ($3.64 billion) over the next five years. And there is dire need for it after the country saw foreign direct investments plunge by 68 per cent last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest decline in Southeast Asia in the period.

“Game changer” for Malaysian government, businesses

“The upcoming datacenter region will be a game-changer for Malaysia,” Microsoft’s executive vice president Jean-Philippe Courtois said in a statement, adding it would enable the government and businesses to “transform” their operations.

Under the programme, Microsoft will also assist up to a million Malaysians in getting digital skills by the end of 2023.



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