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Google likely to become 30% faster in India

Google is all set to make
its data centres in Asia operational this year. The development can lead
to improving the Internet speed in India and users can expect swift search results
from Google and faster loading of YouTube videos. The search giant is spending $300

Google is all set to make
its data centres in Asia operational this year. The development can lead
to improving the Internet speed in India and users can expect swift search results
from Google and faster loading of YouTube videos. The search giant is spending $300
million (about Rs 1,600 crore now) on these centres.

Located in Singapore,
Taiwan and Hong Kong, the work on these centres began in 2011. While the
Singapore facility is expected to be completed in early 2013, the Taiwan one is
scheduled to be up and running by the second half.

Raj Gopal AS, Managing Director,
NxtGen Datacenter & Cloud Services, Google said that Google services can become
30 percent faster in India due to the proximity of the data centres.

Revealing that India lost
as a location for these data centres due to its hot weather, Lalitesh
Katragadda, country head, India Products at Google said “Internet
connectivity speed in India is not very high. These data centres will be
crucial to this market due to its proximity.”

He further acknowledged
that some Google services such as its video sharing website YouTube and social
networking service Google Hangout cannot be accessed at optimal speeds now.
With the new centres, time taken to access these services will reduce
dramatically. He hoped this will result in increased adoption of Google
services.

According to a report from
web-based content delivery firm Akamai Technologies, India is ranked 112th
globally in internet speed.

India is one of the
largest markets for Google, with over 100 million users. Google enjoys a share
of over 95% of India’s internet search market, according to research firm
StatCounter. Over the next three years, Google expects 500 million internet
users from emerging markets to come online as against just about 15 million
from the United States.

“More people from
India are coming online every day and this is an important market as Google
looks to bring the next one billion online. We plan to invest disproportionately
in India in the coming months and years,” Katragadda added.

Outside Asia, Google has
seven data centres in the US, and one each in Finland, Belgium and Ireland.

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