Short-video app TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, plans to open its first European data centre in Ireland with an investment of about 420 million euros or $499 million.
TikTok is in talks with Microsoft about selling its U.S. operations. US president Donald Trump recently said he will ban the service in the United States on Sept. 15 if there was no sale.
The data centre in Ireland will create hundreds of new jobs, enable faster loading time and safely store European user data, Roland Cloutier, global chief information security officer of TikTok, wrote in a blog post.
“This data centre signals our long-term commitment to Ireland and we expect the data centre to open and be operational by early 2022,” Roland Cloutier said.
Ireland is one of Europe’s biggest hubs for data centres and hosts operations for technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet’s Google.
ByteDance said on Monday it was considering moving TikTok’s headquarters overseas, following a British media report that the unit could relocate to London.