ByteDance joins the rush to invest in Malaysian comms infrastructure

ByteDance joins the rush to invest in Malaysian comms infrastructure

Yet another massive communications-related investment is coming Malaysia’s way, this time from ByteDance.

Late last week China's ByteDance, parent of social media app TikTok, said that it plans to invest around US$$2.13 billion to set up an artificial intelligence hub in Malaysia, according to Investment, Trade And Industry Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz.

As part of the deal, ByteDance will also expand its data centre facilities in Malaysia's Johor state through an additional US$317 million investment, 

Writing on Twitter/X, Zafrul noted the investment and said: “This additional investment by ByteDance will undoubtedly help Malaysia achieve its target of growing the digital economy to 22.6% of Malaysia's Gross Domestic Product by 2025.”

As the Data Centre Dynamics website points out, ByteDance is the anchor tenant at the Bridge Data Centres (BDC) MY06 hyperscale facility in the Sedenak Tech Park, Johor, so, it suggests, may be investing in more space at this facility. However, no specific details have yet been offered.

That’s just one of a number of big data centre announcements from Malaysia of late, as we reported in late May when Malaysian property developer Mah Sing Group joined a growing list of companies planned to develop data centre infrastructure.

And of course, early May saw Microsoft pledging to invest US$2.2 billion over the next four years in new cloud and AI infrastructure in the country.

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