Chinese social media and gaming giant Tencent on Monday announced the opening of its first cloud computing data center in Indonesia, expanding its cloud service coverage to 27 geographic regions and 61 availability zones worldwide.
The data center, located in Indonesia's capital Jakarta, is part of Tencent Cloud, Tencent's cloud services division.
To date, Tencent Cloud has overseas data centers in countries and regions including South Korea, Japan, India, Singapore, the United States, Germany, Russia, Canada, and Thailand.
Tencent Cloud said it will open a second data center in Indonesia within the next year to seize the opportunities presented by the fast-growing mobile Internet there.
Citing third-party data, Tencent Cloud said Indonesia is one of the fastest-growing public cloud markets in the Asia-Pacific region, with a compound annual growth rate of 25 percent.
Tencent entered the cloud market about a decade ago and now has more than 40 data centers in China alone. Tencent Cloud began expanding internationally three years ago.
Earlier this year, Tencent added a data center in South Korea, and last month Tencent said it would build a data center in Bahrain by the end of the year to support the Middle East and North Africa.
Previously, Tencent Cloud has served a number of customers in the Indonesian market, meeting the needs of a wide range of industries including financial services, e-commerce, entertainment, gaming, and education.
Last year, Tencent Cloud's financial-grade distributed database TDSQL was put into use in the new core system of Bank Neo Commerce Bank in Indonesia, solving the problems faced by BNC Bank such as difficulty in the business upgrade, slow system response, and lack of Internet operation tools.
In addition, Tencent services are becoming increasingly popular in Indonesia, for example, the JOOX music streaming app is already the second-ranked music app in Indonesia.
Tencent also launched WeTV in Indonesia last year and is preparing to produce more localized content this year. In addition, Tencent games will also enter Indonesia.
Tencent is setting up a data center in Indonesia because of strong demand, said Poshu Yeung, senior vice president of Tencent Cloud International.
A second Indonesia data center is likely to be operational in August this year, Yeung said, adding that Tencent has never opened two data centers in the same country within a year before.