Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing division of Amazon.com, said it plans to invest $5 billion in Thailand over the next 15 years to strengthen its infrastructure in the country.
AWS is the Cloud market leader in Asia Pacific – well ahead of Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud in H1 2022, according to Canalys.
The investment would include construction of data centers and purchase of goods and services from regional businesses, AWS said in a statement.
AWS also plans to set up an infrastructure hub in Thailand’s Bangkok to help customers in the region securely store data, and serve end users better.
“AWS’ plan to build data centers in Thailand is a significant milestone that will bring advanced cloud computing services to more organizations and help us deliver our Thailand 4.0 ambition to create a digitized, value-based economy,” Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow said.
AWS’ cloud platform offers more than 200 services, including storage, robotics and artificial intelligence.
AWS last month opened its first cloud data center in UAE and announced plans to setup a local hub in Mexico to boost bandwidth for clients.
Since 2020, AWS has launched 10 Amazon cloudfront edge locations in Bangkok. The edge locations help to deliver data, videos and applications at higher speeds to end users.
The AWS Asia Pacific (Bangkok) Region will consist of three Availability Zones, adding to the existing 87 Availability Zones across 27 geographic regions.
Globally, AWS announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones across eight more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand.
The upcoming AWS Region in Thailand will enable developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and nonprofit organizations, to run their applications and serve end users from AWS data centers located in Thailand.
Customers of AWS Thailand include: 2C2P, CP All Plc., Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Energy Response (ENRES), Papyrus Studio, PTT Global Public Company (PTT), Siam Cement Group (SCG), Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, The Stock Exchange of Thailand, and more.
“The AWS Asia Pacific (Bangkok) Region will enable organizations to build with AWS technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning, data analytics, and Internet of Things,” Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of Infrastructure Services at AWS, said.